and grey tattooing. I really enjoy heavily contrasted pieces that just punch. But if I'm asked by my client do what 1 want to do, it usually involves mixing illustrated imagery with realism, its so much fun to create something from scratch right out of your head or from a reference of a photo and convert it into a traditional tattoo with hard lines and solid, bold colour and then mix it in with hyper detailed, no lines realism.
HOW DO YOU GO ABOUT DESIGNING A TATTOO? WHAT PROCESSES DO YOU CO THROUGH TO SET FROM THE INITIAL IDEA TO THE FINALISED DESIGN?
I usually get the client to email me ideas; I try not to do in person consultations now. I
always leave the finer details out and forget key points. With digital records, I sort my emails out into a database and then 1 can always go back and reference the words used by my client. I then see if the images they have sent me are usable, if not, I research more appropriate images and email them back and make they are fine with what 1 have found. I then Photoshop any areas needed. For example boosting contrast, burning areas darker, maybe flaring a certain part of the image to greater the depth of perception and so on. I then print the image out on lOOgsm matte photo paper and work over the image with Prismacolor pencils to get the image colour to where I'm happy. For me preparation is key in realism.
making stuff up on the fly doesn't always work out as well all the time unless it's someone like Jeff Gogue ha ha!
WHAT DOES MR SQUIRES DO WHEN HE IS NOT TATTOOING?
I live about an hour and a half drive from where I work in Melbourne. I live about 10 minutes from where the Great Ocean Road starts (12 apostles) I love the beach; I usually hit the surf. I love to paint, usually in oils. It allows me to loosen up and try things instead of guessing on skin.
WflOSE WORK TO YOU WEAR AND WHO WOULD YOU LIKE TO GET TATTOOS FROM?
R^chi Brains and Rose Hardy tattooed the girls iitj Tiff ft- Pwen Williams did my right sleeve, whicli is an oriental based Phoenix. Chris Reid has dine my left sleeve; Claire Reid did my chest piece. I have a rose done by Derek Woble, Miles ¡Monaghan did my traditional American i'muirf tattoo for me, Steve Cross did my crown on the back of my neck and My legs have bit t apti piece? done by myself.
jl was meant to trade tattoos with Joshua Carlton last time I was in the States but with time circumstances, things didn't work out, hopefully next time I'm over there. I want a leg of different Salvador Dali portraits but done by a lot of different artists such as Bob Tyrrell ' with their own little twist on them.
WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE PART Of BEING AN ARTIST?
The art, my clients and my friends. Watching their reaction of when they get to see in full what I've done on them in the mirror. My ,.. fellow tattooists that I'm such good friends with that 1 have only met through tattooing and being able to do what I love everyday around the globe. I'm so fortunate to be doing what I do.
IS THERE ANYBODY YOU WOUED EIKE TO THANK FOR HELPING YOU OVER THE YEARS?
Yeah, that would be great, I'd like to thank a few people. I would like to thank Chris Reid, the man who took me on and gave me the opportunity to create what 1 have now, Chris Cashmore and Byron from InkJecta with hooking me up with Pneumatic tattoo machines that have allowed me to construct my style in colour realism, Steve Cross and Brian Graydon for giving me a home at Korpus, Maity Roesler for guiding me in my younger days, Claire Reid for helping me understand more of the artistic side of tattooing, John Montgomery for giving me my break in the States, Dave Undead for being a top mate and a great artist to bounce off, yourself Neil, for giving me the honour of being in your magazine and inviting me across for Tattoo Jam in August, I'm very excited to come to the country where some of my routes lay and Brett, Nicky P, Zac and Patty Wheels for being top mates!
IS THERE ANY OTHER INFORMATION THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO ADD?
My inumioa always said: 'stay in school, do your homework and eat your greens' ha ha...
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