Tasha Jade Lambert is a London-based tattoo apprentice and student. But her day-to-day work doesn’t just involve tattooing people’s skin.
As well as organising regular tattoo art exhibitions and studying for a degree in illustration, she’s been using her tattoo art and university work to raise money and awareness for various charities.
In this interview she talks about recent projects and plans for the future.
Beccy: Tell us a little bit about your craft.
Tasha: I’ve been tattooing for three years. Recently I’ve been running my art sharing platform for tattoo artists. I’m curating exhibitions and events and volunteer at tattoo conventions.
I approach tattooing as an artform and a fashion. I like to experiment with tattoo styles but I mainly enjoy creating dot-work, black-work pieces and small, intricate work. I always try my best to create unique and personal designs for my clients so that they are getting an original piece of art.
Beccy: Your recent exhibition sounded exciting…
Tasha: Thanks! The recent exhibition Tattoo Art Today took place in Chelsea (London). It was based on the idea of showing the forgotten artist behind a tattooist. I wanted to show that tattooists should been represented within a contemporary art world not just the tattoo world. Tattooists are creating work behind the scenes that they are passionate about – paintings, photography and sculpture work that the public don’t often expect to see.
The exhibition brought together a great group of artists, and artwork of many different styles and themes. It was a great success with great feedback from visitors and artists. I hope to curate more exhibitions like this in the future.
Beccy: Your charity projects sound amazing – how did all that start?
Tasha: After research, I felt that it could be a great opportunity to create some new designs as well as helping create awareness and raise money for great causes.
In September 2016 my project for endangered animals gained support from WWF and PTES (who received 50% of all profits. I created custom tattoo designs based on specific endangered animals and aimed to create awareness through the imagery. Each design included a red line which represented the idea of us not allowing animals to cross the line into extinction.
This project ended with an exhibition in Shoreditch where I displayed the original designs and tattooed a saber-toothed tiger skull (an extinct animal) live during the private view.
I’m currently working on a nature preservation project to raise awareness and support for the Kew Gardens Foundation. All of the designs have been created using photographs I took at Kew Gardens as references. The watercolour elements represent the freedom and life of flowers and plants and the geometric elements represent human conformity and control.
Beccy: How can people get involved to support or find out more?
Tasha: All of these designs are now on offer to be tattooed and also available as prints with 50% of all profits going to the Kew Gardens Foundation. This work will be exhibited at Spectrum in Chelsea, 10th – 15th May 2017 and alongside my other works at RichMix, Shoreditch, 22nd – 25th May 2017.
You can also support my work with any donations via my Just Giving page.
Words: Beccy Rimmer / Inkluded / Tasha Jade Lambert
Photos: Tasha Jade Lambert
Categories: Tattoo Artists and Art