Everything is awesome for tattooist Shirin Scales

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Recently I have been sharing photos of work from UK tattoo artist Shirin Scales. The photos of her pony tattoo designs had been getting more likes and comments on the Inkluded Facebook page than any other artwork I had posted in a while. So… when Shirin agreed to be interviewed for the blog, I said hurrah!

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Tell us about you!

My name is Shirin Scales. I’m a tattoo artist, currently floating between studios. I am working from New Identity Tattoo Studio in Pelsall (West Midlands), but will be moving to The Crystal Ship in Walsall when they open, within the next few weeks!

I have been tattooing for nearly 3 years. I started my original apprenticeship at a studio in my hometown of London. After a year I moved to the Midlands and continued my apprenticeship at a local studio and have never looked back since!

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Do you have a particular artistic style?

Anything that’s bold, solid and full of colour! I’m a massive fan of power lines, and contrasting colours. The brighter the better!

I enjoy working on Japanese style pieces from time to time… but only if it’s full colour.

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Where do you get your influences? Do you think it’s hard to stay creative in today’s tattoo industry? 

My love of comics has definitely been my biggest influence, I’m a MASSIVE geek. I think at the moment with geek-chic being so ‘in’ it’s easy to get creative with things that I really like. I have always been creative but I think the real challenge is maintaining originality.

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What are some of your biggest challenges?

Customers! Tattooing from day-to-day isn’t usually so stressful (depending on the piece that I’m working on). The biggest challenge is the compromise between you and the customer – you want to do a piece of work that you are proud of and can be happy with, and the customer can also get the tattoo that they want.

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Are there any particular artists you love and follow?

My good friends Chris Hatch and Kerry Irvine, I have had the pleasure of working with (and learning from) both of these awesome artists! Benjamin Laukis is quite possibly one of the best colour artists I’ve seen. Guy AitchisonCreative Vandals in Hull… to name a few, the list is endless.

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What are your plans for the next 12 months?

To recreate the entire Marvel and DC universe as My Little Ponies. Once they are done I’m moving into the realm of Care Bears and world domination. The next year is going to be a whirlwind of paper and pencil shavings.

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Is there anything you’d change about the tattoo industry?

The tattoo industry at present doesn’t really bother me, as long as I’m running clean and doing good work then I’m happy! If I had to pick one thing I’d most likely ban conventions, and have more expos for people in the industry.

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What’s the single biggest thing you love about your job?

I get to sit and draw on people all day… what’s not to love?!

If you had to use three words to describe your job what would they be?


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If you could do anything else at all in the world, dream job, what would it be?

I would work in the Sideshow Collectibles workshop. They are just about the best model company in the world. I’d like to spend my time geeking off, painting my favourite comic book characters aaaaall day!

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