Artists: Kelly Morris
What year did you start tattooing: 2010
Do you have any special training: Trained & worked as Graphic Designer. Self taught tattooist.
Tell us about the style of your work: Mostly black & grey photo realistic. Lots of fine detail.
Conventions usually worked: None to date
Where did you apprentice?: Self taught
What tattoo artist do you most admire: Jeff Gogue
Before someone gets a tattoo what advice do you give them?: We would strongly recommend that you do your homework and think serously about how you will feel about the tattoo in years to come. We would usually try to discourage partner/spouse names as all too often circumstances change but as an alternative you might consider something pictoral that represents that person, ie. their favourite flower. Try not to follow a trend. What is fashionable this year may look dated soon after but a carefully considered design that is unique to you should never date. Just remember that whatever you choose will last forever and laser removal is a painful solution.
An important part of our job is to work with you to create a design that you will be happy with so bring all of the ideas and reference material you have to us and we'll create a unique piece of art that you can wear with pride.
Prior to commencing the tattoo we would also discuss medical history and aftercare.
How did you get into tattooing: I have trained as a Graphic Designer although my real passion has always been drawing, particularly portraits.
I was very lucky to be surrounded by supportive and encouraging family and friends. At first they would ask me to design tattoos but very soon they began badgering me to train as a tattooist myself. I was reluctant at first as I'm not one to do anything half heartedly but soon I began to look for apprenticeships in the area. With three young children this was no easy task as it wasn't possible to work the daytime hours required in a studio, but not one to back down from a challenge I worked through the nights instead, reading, drawing and gleaming all the information I could.
We built a studio at home, trained in the relevant hygiene practices and registered with the local council and then I began practicing on pig skin. I was fortunate to have a string of people wanting me to tattoo them so the rest snowballed from there!
What inspires you to be an artist: EVERYTHING! Music, nature, architecture, it's endless.
What kind of tattoos do you look forward to doing: Intricate, detailed portraits. Something that pushes me and gives me the opportunity to show people how realistic tattoos can be.
Is there a tattoo that you haven't done yet that you are dying to do: Iconic portraits with a twist and portraits of my own children but always too busy tattooing someone else to get the time for my own!