Claire

moment I'm really influenced by impressionist and post-impressionist art. I love Van Gogh and Gauguin, their colours and tecliniques. There's a lot of tattooists I'm influenced by, at the moment I love large Japanese work and hyper realism.

DO YOU FEEL YOU HAVE DEVELOPED A DISTINCT STYLE OF YOUR OWN?

I love anything organic with a good flow. I don't know how to describe my style and want to stay flexible with where I'm going so am trying to explore as many different approaches as possible. At the moment it's realism, Japanese and painterly techniques and style.

I try to think of the tattoo machine as an extension of the paintbrush, Td love to achieve the depth, tesrture and shadings that are possible with oil paint; I try to aspire to the looseness and fluidity of painting in tattooing.

00 YOU IIKE TO WORK FREEHAND OR PREFER 10 WORK WITHIN THE CONFINES OF A STENCIL?

A lot of the work I do is free hand, I And that this enables me to acliieve a looser tattoo that fits well to the flow of the body, from here if I'm doing a realistic piece I'll stencil on the subject and then go from my drawn design, I dont do that much prep work, I tend to prefer to develop the piece as I go.

My clients vary a lot in how they want the design to be, sometimes they're very definite and give me little creative space, where as other's tell me to go mad and do what I feel.

ILOTE THAT THERE IS NO CEILING IN TATTOOING, YOU CAN TAKE IT AS FAR AS TOU WANT AND EVEN IF TOU GET GOOD, THERE'S ALWAYS A THOUSAND PEOPLE BETTER THAN TOU TO LEARN MORE FROM.

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