'Disrupting the Surface'

An ongoing project that emerged through my tattoo work and expanded into other two and three dimensional forms.

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I have always been interested in surface detail, texture, and structure, and that has informed much of my work.

This is most likely a throwback to childhood memories of playing around limestone cliffs and disused quarries, and a lifetime by the sea with its changing moods and rhythms.

The objects I make are merely vehicles with which to explore various textural and structural combinations.

I create the work to be seen as artefacts, but ones without any particular meaning.


 
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creativity

My work has taken various directions over the years, always looking for an appropriate method for expressing a particular idea at any given time.

These include:

  • abstract and figurative illustration

  • graphic design

  • printmaking

  • photography

  • tattooing

I have never believed in locking oneself into a single form of creative output. For me, the exploration of ideas is the most important pursuit, whatever form that takes. The medium in which that pursuit takes place is secondary.

 

 
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tattoo work

Although I was initially training as an engineer I realised it was a bit too rigid for me and quickly moved my studies to art, with my main focus being sculptural metalwork.

However, a side interest took hold, that of tattooing, which at the time was merely a way to extend my sketchbooks by permanently drawing on myself. I soon discovered a certain level of freedom and flexibility that this art-form provided along with exploring ideas of impulse, identity, psychology, and permanence.

My work developed into a graphic abstract style, most of which was designed freehand in an improvised and organic way. Rarely was any idea mapped out on paper first.

I have been tattooing professionally since 1998 although I had been dabbling with it since 1992.

After a 20 year detour I have decided to put my tattoo machines away and focus on three dimensional work.

See more of my tattoo related articles.