Real Faces of Tattoo

Most people, who have never had contact with tattoos, when asked how they imagine a typical tattoo parlor or a tattooist, will describe a fat bloke with a cigarette sticking out of his mouth sticking a needle into a candle flame and dipping it into a pot of school ink.
That’s why I’ve started this project. I would like to portray artists as the people they really are; people like you and me. If they have tattoos and they would like to show them, they are welcome; if they do not have any then I want to photograph them too. If they look ordinary, I want to take their portrait. Not as the stereotypes – shouting at the lens rockers, not as Lords of Darkness with a grimace that pushes us away, reinforcing the stereotype, but as real people, the people they really are.
This is not a freak show. It is not to entertain the viewer. It is for us to see human nature, real faces and should help us to see those whose works are appreciated and desired, whose skills convince others to let them cover their skins in ink with works they will carry with them for the rest of their lives. Not many other artists can share that. So I think they deserve a whole project dedicated just to them. Here is mine: Real Faces of Tattoo.

Mil Martinez

Mil Martinez from Flamin’ 8  

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Daniel Dracul

    Daniel Dracul from Flamin’ 8 said: “I’m an international tattoo artist specialised in black and grey realism.”  

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Jorgie (Porgie)

Jorgie (Porgie) from Evil Weevil Ink Tattoo Studio said: ”Dear Humanity, I love you … when you are not a c*nt.”

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Lain Freefall

  Lain Freefall  from The Lacemakers Sweatshop said: “I’m L’ain Freefall and I tattoo”

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John Morris-Latham

John Morris-Latham said: “It’s not easy being this good!!!”

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Emily Spiller

Emily Spiller said: “I love to put a smile on people’s faces and being back at Richmond has put a smile on mine.”

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Alex Roze

Alex Roze from Hammersmith Tattoo said: “I’m that guy…”

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Sureno

Sureno from Hammersmith Tattoo said: “Keep doing your thing…”

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Seany B

Seany B from Richmond Tattoo Studio said: “I am who I am”

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Danny Inked Norris

Danny Inked Norris from Richmond Tattoo Studio said: “I’m a man who wants to follow his dreams and be a part of the tattoo world forever. Boom 79 Yes”  

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