Artists: Heidi Clayton
What year did you start tattooing: 2012
Do you have any special training: After leaving school, I went on to study Interior Architecture, Interior Design and Graphic Design.
Tell us about the style of your work: I am primarily a Black and Grey realism artist, but also love doing dotwork realism with a hint of abstract/trash polka style. I love detail!
Conventions usually worked: I have worked the Ptaa in Adelaide, South Australia, helped out at the Tattoo Expo in Adelaide and am participating at the Perth Tattoo Expo in Sept.
Where did you apprentice?: I apprenticed at Coastal Ink Fx in Adelaide
What tattoo artist do you most admire: I admire a few for their different styles: Nikko Hurtado Jacob Crooked Moon Kurt SixOneThree Staudinger There are so many amazing artists to admire and be inspired by.
Before someone gets a tattoo what advice do you give them?: I advise them to be 100% sure on both what they want and where. Also to research their artist, make sure they are making the right decision for the art, not how much it will cost and how quickly they can get in.
How did you get into tattooing: I got tattooed by one the artists in a studio that I knew the owner of, from there said this was my dream job, then started working in there one day a week. Then from there the rest is history as they say!
What inspires you to be an artist: Everything around inspires me, as corny as that sounds.....this includes the other artists around me, friends and family, nature, buildings, animals...all of it. This is one of the things about tattooing that I love most, you are constantly being inspired by and evolving through who and what is around you.....you are forever learning!
What kind of tattoos do you look forward to doing: I look forward to doing more of my dotwork realism tattoos, including more portraits in this style.
Is there a tattoo that you haven't done yet that you are dying to do: I want to do more famous people portraits and animal portraits.