Tattoos have always had a profound effect on my life and I have always enjoyed looking at these works of art. After receiving my first tattoo I was launched into a world that I did not know existed. I became aware of tattoo conventions, alternative magazines and pageants specialising in body artwork. Being tattooed is just the start, there are events up and down the country for people to exhibit their ‘ink’ and promote themselves as tattooists.
The aim of this book is to give the viewer an insight into the tattoo industry and the life style that surrounds it. I hope my photographs will challenge some of the preconceptions people have of the tattoo world, therefore encouraging a more positive response to an industry that has truly inspired me.