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do but when you see the results, they just blow you away. Xeci Eric asks me almost nothing about tattooing; he just leatns it all for himself. He just seems to suss it out. Initially I gave him a few pointers but after that I just left him, he's a natural born tattooist. I've known him for about 12 years and when he told me a few years ago that he was going to buy some machinery, I told him straight way that if I were ever to open a studio, I wanted him to work with me. I will put my cards on the table now and say that in a few years, he will be one of the top ink smiths in the UK...

XID, ARE YOU STILL DOING MAINLY DOT WORK?

Xed That's pretty much all I do, dots and lines, though I have done colour work on Alan, mostly because he keeps pestering me and I also have a couple of other customers who like to hassle me for colour work,

HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT WORKING IN COLOUR AFTER ALL OF THAT BLACK WORK?

Xed It's all right. Its not like working in colour was years ago when the inks were thick and messy. They are now nice and thin so it's almost like working with black ink. Having said that, colour work is still messy, I often open the bottle and before I start tattooing I've got ink all over me, colour splashes on the wall, ink on my head, so it takes a bit of getting used to.

Alan I could always tattoo your head pink! Xed Someone will do that one day. I remember when I did Lucky Diamond Rich's

Lucky Diamond Rich Before Tattoos

head black, Chris Cougar came up to me and said, "you fucking nutter, you did it". He remembered a conversation we had in Germany a few years previously when I had said that someone one day would have their whole body blacked out as the ultimate extreme end of the line; it just had to happen...

I never imagined back then that I would be responsible for doing so much of the actual work that turned Lucky Diamond Rich into the most tattooed person in the entire Universe. I was pretty chuffed that Chris remembered that conversation.

COLOUR WORK XS STILL MESSY, I OFTEN OPEN THE BOTTLE AND BEFORE I START TATTOOING I'VE GOT INK ALL OVER ME, COLOUR SPLASHES ON THE WALL, INK ON MT HEAD, SO IT TAKES A

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