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Totes Blackwork

I have some t-shirts, tote bags and prints left after the Scottish convention that are on sale in Red Hot & Blue Tattoo in Edinburgh and via email Paypal order the mrzigzag@gmail.com

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It’s been a diverse week, with mandalas, and a fair bit of traditional Japanese work, here’s some of what I’ve been up to.

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And an unusual piece based on a mural in Portland on Simon

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Auld Reekie

I have been at Red Hot and Blue in Edinburgh, Scotland for the last few weeks where I have been being kept busy. It’s always a great shop to work in with a diverse clientele as well as being in a great city. Here’s some of the stuff I’ve been doing:

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Liverbirds and Traditional Swallows

I was lucky enough to have spent the better part of a week at Forever True Tattoo in Liverpool working alongside the inspirational and perfectly gentlemanly Richie Clarke, not forgetting the diamond geezer known as Paul on the front desk. The studio is a great place with the walls covered in great Traditional Western Style flash – much of it painted by Richie himself which gives the place a really classic feel. Both of the guys here went out of their way to be helpful and make a true welcome to their studio.

While I was there I got to do a few very fun pieces on some lovely clients all of whom I’d like to thank for coming along and getting tattooed. Here are a few of the pieces I did, some of which are Traditional Western Style which was great fun to do and much less strain on my eyes for sure! Oh yes – I also tattooed Richie’s palm which was an honour and may I say a pleasure? Ha ha…..

Little Mandalamaids and Cats Covens

This week was spent in beautiful Copenhagen in Denmark where I was working at The Sailors Grave with Zooki, Jesper  and of course Judd and Marija Ripley. They have a lovely bright spacious studio and  I was happily given all I needed to settle in after a friendly welcome. These guys and gal sure know how to knock out some top notch tattooing. I was kept busy doing more mandala and other patterned stuff. I got to catch up with an old pal Leigh who has relocated to Copenhagen and we also caught up with our pals from Skindred as they were passing through town on tour. Oh and of course we went to see the Little Mermaid statue…..

Here is a sample of the stuff I did whilst at the shop – thanks for looking.


Eurotrash and Style

Quick catch up on the past few weeks in Europe, I’ve been busy tattooing in some great studios, feeling extremely welcome and grateful.

First stop on the trip was Graz at Lightbearer Tattoo, great bunch of folks and some lovely customers in a beautiful city.

Next up was Mystery Tattoo Club in Paris, an inspirational bunch and again a warm reception from the Parisian customers. I got to do some fun stuff here and also my wife was more than happy to discover a gluten-free Patisserie right around the corner which was delicious and sinful I’m sure!

I shall certainly be visiting these great cities in the not too distant future…..



London Tattoo Convention 2014

I was fortunate enough to work at the London Tattoo Convention this year for which I’d like to say thanks to Miki Vialetto and all of the crew. It was a last minute affair and consequently I didn’t have time to get a banner or much other stuff together to make my booth look nice but I rolled with it and knocked together a purposely näive banner and made the best of it. I haven’t done too many shows in the last few years but had  great time and was kept busy at this very well attended convention chatting to visitors to the booth and tattooing some great customers.  I  hardly had time to visit any other booths or the art exhibitions unfortunately which is a shame since there were so many friends and other sights to see that I missed out on – such is life.

My lovely wife was there assisting me  and taking photographs over the weekend as well as selling her own ‘Wee Dottle’ Hairflowers which were popular amongst the lady attendees. Here are a few photographs from over the weekend and some of the tattoos:

Edinburgh Marriage and Beyond

Well Edinburgh was fantastic. I had a great time guesting back at Red Hot and Blue Tattoo with all of the guys there which is always going to be a home for me after so much time spent there before. Catching up with old clients and also meeting new as well as getting to do some fun tattoos in the process. It was an extremely busy time for me as I had the spectacular luck to have been back home to get married to my wonderful, beautiful partner Kay. She made me the happiest that I can ever be and was the most stunning, perfect bride. As I say I am the happiest I could be – thank you Kay I love you. x

Also thanks to all our friends and family for coming along to celebrate with us – you guys made the party!

As I mentioned I did some tattooing too while organising the wedding so here is a small selection:

Melbourne Delight

Tacky title but I really can’t think of anything else to write……. Oh well. I’ve had the opportunity to do some fun work here in Melbourne and have actually photographed some.

First up is Sri Ganesh on Sandy – the photo’s didn’t come out so well but I liked this shot and it does show the detail so I thought I’d include it in this post.

Chris came in and had a bug mandal and bee done – I  loved doing this and hope he is happy with the result. 

A lucky chance brought in this piece as Leonie was ill therefore I stepped in and redrew a sketch brought in by the customer.

Another piece of luck as Richie came in off the cuff at Tattoo Magic and I had him come in twice and we did these pieces – in the bottom photo the tattoo is a week old and almost all healed up.

Kapitan Voodoo aka Fat Knee Nik had this colour mandala jabbed on to his, later swollen, knee. I’ll get a healed shot of this soon with any luck as I’m going to be doing the other knee.

Amy had an islamic inspired mandala on her feet – she changed her mind halfway through and went without colour – no problem.

Kayci had a colourful seahorse with mandala done – it almost matched her hair at the time (not shown but believe me)…..

Sam had his first tattoo – ‘Eyes’ he said…..

Miss Cutie-Kills had a fun traditional mermaid doing. Nice and bright…..

Paul wanted a simple origami swan – nice one mate.