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SO WHAT WAS THE TURNING POINT THAT MADE YOU REALISE AFTER ALL THESE YEARS OF TATTOOING THAT YOU NEEOED TO OPEN YOUR OWN STUDIO?

Xed That point came when I realised that my way of tattooing is not always compatible with all studio bosses. The time had come to take control. 1 want to be able to work in an environment with the right people around me and if someone comes in and I am not comfortable with them, I want to be able to ask them to leave. Obviously being in control comes with its own kinds of stress, as I'm now finding out. I'm reaching an age where I don't want to be surrounded by anything but positivity; I've kicked the drugs yet again and I just want to get on with the work. I have enough chaos going on in my love life; I don't need it in my tattooing.

YOU'VE OFTEN SAID YOUR LOVE LIFE IS ALWAYS CHAOTIC.

Xed You could say that! I have a habit of getting myself into situations. The ups and downs of love are fuel for the passions of my work! Falling in love and the inevitable heartbreaks are wood to stoke the fires of creativity. But I'm happy to say it's actually reaching a stable period right now, kind of, maybe, and I am finding happiness as I find new balance in my life... And long may it last. I have been in my shell too long and I appear to be feeling far more sociable again after a lengthy spell in a self-created dark place. I have enjoyed re-opening my website and coming above ground again as I pretty much dropped tight out and became basically unobtainable for about a year and a half. It's good to be back!

SO HOW DID THIS STUDIO COME A80UT?

Xed One day Alan came and told me that he had come across this little shop via a good friend of his, Sarah, tire owner of Wedge hair design that's next door to our little place and he asked me how I felt about co-opening it as a studio. I guess for me it came at the right time, I wasn't happy not being in control of things; working at London Tattoo was an experience, I had a some real good times there, but it wasn't what I really wanted. Thank God that Alan came along coz I had, as usual, no fucking f

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