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I cant relax, I'm a workaholic, when I'm not tattooing I'm painting and when I'm not painting I'm drawing. I love my travelling lifestyle as I have a dual holiday and work life, for example where I'm working at the moment in Australia, the beach is opposite the studio. Tea Tree Lake is down the road and rain forests surround the whole area. I also really love music and try to see live bands whenever possible,

YOU HAVE A GOOD TATIOO COVERAGE; CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT YOUR COLLECTION?

I have a full back by Paolo Acuna, which we started in 2007 and have tattooed it all around America, in Canada, Italy and Loudon, A full leg by Jeff Gogue which has a portrait by Mike Demasi on the inside calf, a portrait by Robert Hernandez and a small one from Lez Barlow and Rico Schinkel. My back and my leg still have a while to go so I'm trying not to get anymore until they're finished.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT YOUR CHOSEN CAREER MIR?

I love being an artist; it's all I've ever wanted to be since I was a kid. I get so much out of this because it's my passion, and when you're

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that passionate about something, you give it your all. I'm also really lucky in the fact that I can travel so much with my work, the freedom is incredible, I would never have dreamed of being able to work in so many places.

I have so much to learn still, and really want to work on my technique and design, I love that there is no ceiling in tattooing, you can take it as far as you want and even if you get good, there's always a thousand people better than you to learn more from.

WHAT 00 YOU FEE! ABOUT THE EVOLUTION OF THE TATTOOING SO FAR?

IVe noticed great changes in the time I've been tattooing, people are a lot more educated and go out of their way to research an artist that suits them. They also seem to want bigger work and have more unique ideas, which I love as Tve been able to work with some really interesting concepts lately. When 1 was younger, I only saw flash shops and never got a tattoo as I didn't like anything on the walls and they wouldn't tattoo custom work. It was really limiting, but now the imagination is the only limit!

I'm really excited about where tattooing is going, its amazing what people are creating zzat the moment, it blows my mind every time I see new works from artist's I know and then see incredible work from people Tve only just discovered. I can't wait to see what people will be doing in the next ten years if things have come this far in the last ten.

The only thing that worries me is the amount of young girls I've seen with stars, flowers, hearts, diamonds etc tattooed on their faces. I went to some conventions in the UK this year and I was really surprised at how many there were.

WHO WOULD YOU LIKE TO 'BIG UP'?

I have experienced constant help and kindness throughout the time I've been tattooing, all the people Tve had the opportunity to work with have helped me so much, and I'm so grateful for their openness and willingness to help answer my questions and let me sit and watch. There's so many people I need to thank, but mainly Paolo Acuna, Mike Demasi, Josh Carlton, Filip Leu, Benjamin Moss, Robert Hernandez, Ethan Morgan, Tim Kern, John Montgomery, Jeff Gogue, Boris, MG Venom Tattoo, Rico Shinkel and Pierre Tattoo Mania.

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