Saturday 3 October will see the opening of our tattoo artist exhibition, Inked Palette.
Created in collaboration with Deasil Art Gallery in Leamington Spa, the exhibition will run for 3 weeks and showcase the work of tattoo artists all over the UK.
The artists are creating custom artwork on a variety of materials – rather than skin, they’re making work on paper, ceramic, canvas, and more. All artists are still working on their pieces, and they won’t be revealed until the exhibition opens.
Until then, we’d like to give you the chance to meet each tattoo artist here on Inkluded, see their tattoos and hear about their experiences as artists.
We hope you can come on down this October to explore the work they’re creating for you.
Name: Charlotte Timmons
Tattoo Style: Neo-traditional Meets Watercolour Meets Abstract
Tattooing: 6 Years
Location: Modern Body Art, Birmingham
Thank you for offering to be part of our exhibition. What made you say yes to being involved?
Any opportunity to get my art (independently of tattooing) out there, is a great one. No matter how much I love the tattoo world (obviously!) I would always consider myself as an artist first and a tattooer second.
Have you ever had your work exhibited before?
When I was 15 I actually exhibited art at a library that had a small exhibition space! Other than that it has just been at conventions or single pieces to fit a spec for larger projects involving a lot of people.
Tell us about what you’re planning to display.
I am planning on mixing it up. I will probably use one existing piece but also create something new.
What does tattooing mean to you, in one word?
What’s the one thing you love most about your job?
There’s so many things that I love about it that it seems impossible to pick one… but when pushed I would probably say it’s the inspiration that my customers provide. They are amazing people and also the reason I never run out of material to explore in both my tattooing and my artwork.
Describe what art means to you, in one word.
What are you looking forward to the most by being part of this exhibition?
I’m actually more excited about people seeing it than actually creating it because I feel like the endgame for any artist is to have that art realised. It’s all very well creating something beautiful that you’re proud of but if there’s no one there to see it what have you achieved except something for your own eyes?!
Is there anything you want people looking at your artwork to take away from it?
I would say that I am excited at the idea that someone will see my art and take inspiration from it. I’m fascinated by one idea sparking something, being filtered through other people’s minds and going on to create something completely different.
What’s your creative process when putting a piece of artwork together?
It honestly varies. Sometimes I will have a random idea and it can be all consuming if I actually have the time free to execute it. I hate to be the cliché of the artist that just throws them self into something and doesn’t even plan, but sometimes I am that person, and the process is completely organic, like it wrote itself.
Other times I will see something and think, ‘that would make an awesome painting if I put my own spin on it’ and then I will map it out and come back to it over a course of days, weeks or months depending on how busy I am!
I’m almost always inspired by cult TV and graphic novels which sounds odd because the themes almost never correlate with my work! I guess it’s just to get my imagination running off into a world that isn’t real and so doesn’t have the same limits as the one we live in. The biggest of all of my inspirations is nature though!
Anything else you want to share with us?
I hope you enjoy what I create!