Artists: ALEX CROOK
What year did you start tattooing: 2011
Do you have any special training: None, self taught
Tell us about the style of your work: My favourite style of work is portraits and realism, i very much enjoy making my work look 3 dimensional and strive to achieve the best possible standard of work with each tattoo that I do.
I do take on all styles of work, I seem to also enjoy doing tricky cover ups and some Japanese work. I would say tribal tattooing is my least favourite style however I appreciate the art and respect artists who do this style.
Conventions usually worked: None so far!!
Where did you apprentice?: I haven't actually completed an apprenticeship, I am relatively self taught. I worked for a short period of time at Michael Rose visual art and worked in the tattoo emporium in Sevenoaks and finally Ravens Nest in Gravesend before i started my own private studio and have been very happy working along side my business partner there.
What tattoo artist do you most admire: Mike Devries.
Before someone gets a tattoo what advice do you give them?: Think it through, My usual advice is to tell them to print a picture, tape it around the place they would like to get it done then take a photo and look at it every day, then put it on the wall and look at it every day, if you still love it as much in 6 months book away!
How did you get into tattooing: My ex partners sister tattooed and allowed me to use her machine on a grapefruit. Despite drawing with graphite for 15 years tattooing strangely felt easier and more natural to me.
What inspires you to be an artist: The fact that every day more and more incredible artists are appearing, the industry has never been better and just when you think you've seen the best possible something utterly jaw dropping emerges and reminds you that you can never be good enough and never be the best, it really makes you raise your game.
What kind of tattoos do you look forward to doing: Portraits, realism, any 3d work
Is there a tattoo that you haven't done yet that you are dying to do: The M.C. Eshcher hand holding a globe with reflection, that's one I can't wait to do!