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: William Jones
Tattoo Style: Custom (predominantly Realism)
Tattooing: 7 Years
Location: Nebula Tattoo, Burry Port, South Wales
Thank you for offering to be part of our exhibition!
It’s exciting to be a part of something where tattoo artists are being celebrated for all their artistic capabilities rather than just tattooing. Also it’s an opportunity to try something different and an excuse to work in another medium.
Have you ever had your work exhibited before?
Yes, multiple times. After I finished University, where I studied product design, I had my work featured in a number of exhibitions. Though this will be a new one for me that focuses on other artistic channels which I’m interested in.
Are you planning to create something new, or use existing pieces?
My apprentice Shaun and I are planning on doing a collaborative project which I’m really excited about. We’ve been discussing ideas for a while now, and this is the perfect opportunity to put this project in action. Alongside this, I have other sketches and paintings that I’m considering entering.
What does tattooing mean to you, in one word?
What’s the one thing you love most about your job?
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 mostly looking forward to working with Shaun, he’s a great artist and together we have some great ideas for collaborations. Seeing exhibits by the other artists is another thing I’m really excited about, and being inspired by them.
Is there anything you want people looking at your artwork to take away from it?
I’d like people to know that tattoo artists can be respected by all their work and talents rather than the negative connotations associated with our field. Hopefully the theme in our work will trigger some though in others also.
What’s your creative process?
There’s an element of freedom doing work for yourself and it’s liberating that I can create something with little or no direction. However, I like to have the client’s input with a tattoo design as they can have ideas that I hadn’t considered, and knowing the tattoo is personal to them, makes it interesting for me too.
Anything else you want to share with us?
Nebula Tattoo will be doing a 13 hour charity tattoo marathon on Friday 13th November to raise money for the Week on the Street project for autism. This charity is very close to my heart and I’m excited to have Shaun Williams and Niamh Magill working alongside me on this.