Artists: Chelsey Mullins
What year did you start tattooing: 2011
Tell us about the style of your work: As I have only been tattooing full time for a year and a half now I do not feel I have a particular style as of yet. I would like to be good at everything so that what ever it is people asked me to tattoo on them i know i can execute technically very well no matter the design.
Conventions usually worked: I have only worked one convention so far which was Jurassic Coast convention in bournemouth. Next year I will be working Portsmouth Tattoo Extravaganza and the Great British Tattoo Show.
Where did you apprentice?: I first started my apprenticeship in Electrik Ink, guildford, surrey.
What tattoo artist do you most admire: I think there are so many now it is hard to pick but at the top of my list would probably have to be Meehow and Phatt German from No regrets in Cheltenham and Teneile Napoli from Garage Ink in Queensland, Australia.
Before someone gets a tattoo what advice do you give them?: I think the advice you give somebody before getting a tattoo can vary so much depending on the person and the circumstance. For example a bad design could need altering, it maybe a first tattoo and most of all are the getting the tattoo for the right reasons, and have they researched into the design and the best artist suited to the style.
How did you get into tattooing: I first saw tattoos up close on my dad when I was 9 years old, after that i became obsessed. I had my first tattoo at 16 and never stopped. When I was 19 I started to get tattooed at Electrik Ink and asked Lee for an apprenticeship, he told me to bring my art work in for him to see and the rest was history.
What inspires you to be an artist: I can find inspiration in the strangest things such as a certain light hitting someones face will make me wonder how i would convert that into a drawing or a tattoo. I would say mainly the standard of artists I really admire and aspire to be like as it sets the bar and gives you a goal to work towards. If you see how good others are you push yourself to do better and try harder each time you draw or tattoo.
What kind of tattoos do you look forward to doing: I enjoy tattooing most things as its nice to have a change everyday. I believe as an artist you should be able to take what somebody has given you and turn it into your own as well as something your customer wants and that can be done with even the smallest tattoos.
Is there a tattoo that you haven't done yet that you are dying to do: I would really like to tattoo a colour day of the dead girl or maybe a colour skull.