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: Shaun Williams
Tattoo Style: Neo-Traditional / Japanese / Dotwork
Tattooing: 4 Months
Location: Nebula Tattoo, Burry Port, South Wales
What made you say yes to being involved with this exhibition?
I’ve always said a creative person should be able to apply their skills / talents in all creative avenues.
Have you ever had your work exhibited before?
I exhibited both my college and University end of year projects, but have yet to exhibit work since leaving education.
Tell us about what you’re planning to display.
I’m planning on creating something new. Since my apprenticeship I’ve developed a big interest in Japanese work, its flow and subject matter. I’m looking to explore this but in dot / blackwork style which seems to be currently very popular on the tattooing scene.
What does tattooing mean to you, in one word?
What’s the one thing you love most about your job?
Customers. Spending numerous long days with individuals, being with them whilst they struggle through the sessions, you get to hear a lot of stories and learn a lot about people.
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 excited to create the art as I’ve yet to do something in this style on the scale that I hope to do it in.
Is there anything you want people looking at your artwork to take away from it?
A respect for tattooing, and view it as more than just something you can access to get a design on you. To realise that it is so much more – an industry with outstanding artists from all walks of life.
What’s your creative process, when putting a piece of artwork together?
Just like when creating something for a client, I will be putting pressure on myself to create something great. I’ll likely be a lot more indecisive than a customer!