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Neil Reed Interview

INTERVIEW: NEIL PHOTOGRAPHY: MICK MAIN MACiE: NICOLE REED

I first saw Mick sitting quietly drawing at last years Paradise Gathering show in the US. Mick had his head down, obviously engrossed in his work so l wandered past, not wanting to disturb him. Later that day, I saw the drawing that he had been working on and it was amazing.

WHAT ARE YOUR EARLIEST MEMORIES OF TATTOOS? WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO START TATTOOING? WHEN DID YOU STAHT AND WHERE?

Wei) I would have to say the earliest tattoo memory would have been with my childhood -friend when growing up, around the age of 5. My friends grandfather had old war tattoos on his forearms which were so blurred you could hardly make them out, I remember he had an eagle and an anchor. So cool!

DO YOU THINK THAT THESE IMAGES OE BLURRY TATTOOS SPARKED SOMETHING IN YOU TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT TATTOOS?

I'm not totally sure, I know my first encounter with tattooing itself came from a friend who had a clown tattooed on his leg when we were 16: he came over as soon as it was done. I was amazed but it nevfir entered, my head that I would create them some day, I remember it like it was yesterday. I actually ended up working with the artist who did that tattoo on my friend.

SO HOW SOON WAS IT BEEORE YOU GOT YOUR FIRST TATTOO?

I had my first tattoo done at the age of 19; .1 was a computer engineer at the time. I had just repaired Chris Reid's computer and that was how I was paid for the job.

Tattoo Designs and Becoming a Tattoo Artist

Tattoo Designs and Becoming a Tattoo Artist

If you have any interest in possibly becoming a tattoo artist, this book will give you an inside look. Even if you don't want to become a tattoo artist, it will still give you an inside look at the profession.

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