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Happy New Year – Welcome Insider

Hello and Happy New Year!


I know that is a bit past the sell by date but then I’ve been pretty terrible at this blog yet again but I feel, in some way, that I have some sort of excuse. I’ve been very busy for the last few months setting up my own new private tattoo studio in Leith, Edinburgh which has taken all of my attention and energy but has been totally worth it.

The studio is called and is located at:

Insider Studio,

89 Henderson Street, Leith, Edinburgh, EH6 6ED


The studio is a wonderful, bright, open space with fantastic views along the Shore, it is, as mentioned, a private appointment-only studio accessed through a residential stairway meaning that, although visitors are welcome it is best to contact us first before coming along.

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Here are some photographs of the studio build from start to finish.



I would very much like to thank Splintr for the interior design concept, Bryden Firth Joinery, MS Flooring, Sorell Furniture, Sean Brown Plumbing and Heating , Ryan O’Malley Electrician and Keith Wood Painting and Decorating for all their hard work and fantastic service – these guys have been brilliant each and every one.

If you want to book in or for anything else please email: info@insidertattoo.com



Croatian Christianity


Kate was very dedicated to her tattoo as she is to her Christian faith, the tattoo is all based within Croatian Christian symbols and the concept of the trilogy. It was an immensely satisfying project. The Polynesian piece on the lower arm was done by the infamous Phil Cummings. P1150839.10x8 P1150841.10x8 P1150844.10x8

Out With the Old

….And in with the new. So here’s the last of last years work.

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Here are some pieces some of which are healed, like the mandala on this first piece, with other new tattoos.



The endless knot here is new – the sanskrit was not done by me.


I filled in the spaces between some work by my friend Alvaro Flores who works in Melbourne, Australia at Korpus Tattoo.

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Maze, seed of life and constellation concept was brought in by the customer.


Interesting piece in as far as it covers a birthmark making use of it.


Classic lotus.



My old pal Jon was back when I was at Into You in London – he got several little tattoos done in the same session – P1150110







I managed to get a few shots of Asia’s healed tattoo from a short while back. I did a cover up on her lower back which you can just see in one of the photos but my other pictures of it were out of focus….. I’m a tattooist not a photographer it seems.


Waves Mandala Bands

I’ve had some very interesting projects finally completed in the last few weeks – I decided that it’s far more interesting to put up complete works rather than ‘in progress shots’ which will probably work better with my slack blog updating schedule.


First up is Ian who has been having this top of arm/chest geo piece done over the last few months and I’m quite happy with the results and I hope he is too.P1150046.10x8web


Mary has been very regular in her appointments meaning that we got this sleeve completed relatively quickly. I tried to keep this piece light and delicate to an extent to suit her light frame.P1150019.10x8web P1150010.10x8web

Apologies for the blood patch on this but we were pushed for time at the end of the session so the young lady could catch her bus back to Aberdeen.P1140873.10x8web

We finally finished Nicole’s backpiece with a simple dotwork motif – having been tanning herself and some of the tattoo is 9 months old makes the picture look a little unbalanced.


A fun bit of Sacred Geometry for Daniel – apparently it was from an old book cover.


Lastly this was a bit of a test – 5 freehand bands around the arm with a small Arabic pattern cartouche – although I was nervous about doing this I really enjoyed it in the end.P1150040.10x8web



Catching Up

So for once I’m keeping on top of this sort of……

I’ve had some fun in Edinburgh and also at my guest spot in Liverpool for which I want to thank Richie and Paul at Forever True Tattoo for being fantastic hosts and gentlemen. I always enjoy my stay at the studio and they make me feel completely welcome and like a part of the crew – cheers guys!


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In Liverpool I did some fun work too and here are some of them.

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Jack who I have been tattooing in Edinburgh came across to Liverpool too. To reiterate – I did not do the triangle/zelda, the strip pattern or the crow which Jack already had and for the life of me I cannot remember the name of the tattooist for which I apologise.

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Liverpool 2015

I am down in Liverpool with Richie Clarke Pdc this week (Thursday 16th, Friday 17th & Saturday 18th April).

There are a couple of spaces left so drop me or Forever True Tattoo a line for bookings.FOREVER

End of a Year

So I’ve rested up over Christmas, got to know my new additions to my family (of the kitten variety) , and am ready to start the new year, which is shaping up pretty well already.

I ended last year with some nice tattoos, thanks to all my customers in Edinburgh, London, Stockholm, Brussels and Evian, hope to see some of you again this year. Here’s some of what I’ve been doing this past month.

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Wolf head all healed up now, just added the geo dotwork and the other arm.

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In progress mandalas going down back.

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Sleeve in progress.

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And here’s the new trouble makers, I’m allowed to be a proud parent just this once.




Exciting guest spot announcements coming up….