The art in storytelling.

Posted By Jo Harrison on 8th January 2019

What does it mean to me to be a tattooer? Technically I guess it means pushing ink under the skin to create a permanent mark, to me though it means so much more. 

As an artist it’s important to first become technically proficient in the medium you decide to call your craft so as to be able to seamlessly capture and share a story with relative ease. 

My ability to capture and share my clients unique story has been something I have pursued intensely over the years. Listening with my ears, eyes and heart to their stories, emotions and dreams permeates into every area of their tattoo and my only wish is to do their project justice as I try to capture their personality under their skin. My client is my Buddha for the day!

If you can understand your client you can become a co-creator with them. Tell their personal story in your own ‘handwriting’, finding their true essence through your own vision as an artist and find an honest path for your work to follow.

That’s my ambition.

“Nothing can dim the light that shines from within.” Maya Angelou.


Hayley’s unique story:

This is where we started. Hayley came to me with these very old existing tattoos and was hoping to be able to breathe new life into them as we embarked on a completely new tattoo journey.

Our first session together as we try to find the right lines to start the tattoo process.

The end of day 1 and the lines are found and committed to skin.

All the black and grey shading complete to set the depth and tone for the piece, giving a good solid base for the colour is essential for my work. Now the fun begins!

“Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one.” Bruce Lee.

Working through the colours in my preferred order.

And the final result…. from blood, sweat and tears! A year in the making, well done Hayley! You are incredible!

Hayley I hope I did you justice. It was amazing working with you on your unique project and I really hope we get to collaborate again in the future. Thank you, you have been amazing, Jo 💞🤓