Artists: Little Andy
How did you get into tattooing?
I started getting tattooed at 18 and soon after that my girlfriend at the time put out the idea of trying it out for myself so I set about doing just that.
What was your first shop experience like?
It was great. Dave Notley gave me my first opportunity to work in a shop for which I’m eternally grateful, met lots of weirdoes, and great characters. It was an incredibly un-PC environment which I think is great and how a tattoo studio should be. I don’t work in an office so why act as if I am?
Did you have a formal apprenticeship?
No. I scratched from my bedroom for about two years tattooing myself and friends then friends of friends. So I’m a self taught tattooist.
You’ve worked in Australia and London, where else have you travelled for work?
Ah yes and a lot of places all over England and also Dublin, Ireland doing guest spots.
Have you been to the States? No, I’ve never been over to the States it’s definitely something I’m interested in doing. I have spoken to a couple people about it, but nothing’s set in concrete at the moment.
What’s your favorite country to tattoo in and why?
No place like home. I’d say just the people I work with mainly, I have to click and feel I can be myself with whoever I work with and I don’t suffer fools or anyone that’s easily offended. It’s all about taking the piss out of each other.
What inspires you as an artist?
I’m not really sure to be honest. I’m not really sure inspired is the word, but I do have some favorite tattoo artists like Phil Wilkinson from the UK, Zack Singer in the US, Timur Lysenko to name a few.
You have a very unique style that has been described as surrealistic, neotraditional design inspired by realism, how did you come to work in this style and how would you describe it?
My style has progressed rapidly over the last year to year-and-a-half. It really started once I moved to Australia last year. I think the change triggered it but I’d say it’s been a natural thing, I haven’t forced it in any way. I’d say it’s like part of my personality although I’ve never taken drugs which surprises people as my work often looks like I might be on acid. People are always trying to label it, I’m not really sure what it is myself. I guess abstract, surrealistic, neotraditional, psychedelic, spacey, all apply to it.
Have you always worked in your own style or has it evolved since you first started tattooing?
My works changed loads since I started but it’s changed a lot more in the last year then in the previous 7 years of tattooing put together.
What is your artistic process?
I pretty much like as little input from my clients as possible as my work is very spontaneous and not planned out. I work without any restrictions placed on me by clients otherwise my style wouldn’t work. I basically draw something really simple and make everything up as I go during the tattoo.
Weirdest tattoo you’ve ever done?
Maybe the Dali head on a fox body front piece. This was my idea and Ben was up for anything I wanted to do and he sits like a statue too, perfect client.
What kind of tattoos do you look forward to doing?
Animals are always good fun but I’m really getting into portraits. Basically anything that doesn’t make sense or is just plan weird. Why would I want to tattoo a rose and pocket watch when I could tattoo Freddie Mercury with a carrot over half his face and surrounded by space? It makes no sense but that’s the point, it’s more interesting to tattoo and to look at.
Is there a tattoo that you haven’t done yet that you are dying to do?
I think I’ve got crazier ideas in my head than most of my clients, but I’m going to be drawing some of my ideas, and hopefully I can bully some people into getting them done haha!