Tattoo Artists and Art

Q&A with tattoo artist Luke Rudden

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Tell us a bit about you.

My name is Luke RuddenI am a tattoo artist currently living in the surf capital of the UK, Newquay, Cornwall. I work at Atlantic Coast Tattoo Studio with an amazing group of guys and girls – we are all one big family! I haven’t always been a tattoo artist. I was 3 years in the British Armed Forces and I started my tattoo apprenticeship after that. I did dreadful at school. My grades weren’t going to get me far in life, but I have always loved art and drawing from the day I could hold a pencil. I have dyslexia, which means i suck at Maths and English. I struggled to get my head around subjects, so I would sit and draw and doodle! While everyone was busy getting A-Levels and Diplomas I was busy practicing my shading techniques and life drawing skills.

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How did you get to where you are now?

I have worked hard. I always trying to put more time into bettering myself and my techniques. My apprenticeship was really good, I was taught by an amazing artist that I can never thank enough for his knowledge and time! 

I work a lot of the time, but I have a very supportive other-half, she is my rock and supports me and helps push me with my work. I want to take this opportunity to thank her as i wouldn’t be where I am now without her! 

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What are your plans for the next 6 months?

I would like to try do some more oil paintings! Also push myself further with my realism work. I am planning on taking some oil painting portrait classes, and I would like to go travelling with my partner to explore new places and even do some guest spots in some cool places.

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What’s your favourite tattoo you’ve ever done?

This is a hard one… I would probably have to say the Iron Man portrait that I tattooed at Tattoo Jam Convention last year. I was over the moon to see it get a cheeky feature in Skin Deep Tattoo Magazine and end up in the top 40 of the show! 

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Tell us about your own ink?

A lot of my tattoos were done when I was in the forces – when I thought tribal was cool! I am in the process of getting some of them removed and a few big covered ups with some awesome fresh ink! My favourite and newest tattoo I have is my traditional death moth on the back of my head.

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You heading to any conventions soon?

I haven’t booked any this year but I plan to get into some conventions next year. I love them. Meeting other artist and new awesome clients, I especially like Tattoo Jam and Great British Tattoo Show, both massive venues full of interesting people.

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Why do you think people choose to get inked?

It’s a way to express yourself and your emotions, who you are and what you’re about. It’s nice to be able to wear a piece of art you love on your skin forever. 

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What’s the most important thing someone should consider when getting a tattoo?

Look at a artist portfolio and have a proper consultation. Don’t go for the cheapest option as you will regret it, Just choose the best artist for the style of work you would like.

Photos: Luke Rudden

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