Interview with tattooist David Brace

Recently I introduced you to sister studios Cannock Ink and Sutton Ink, and all they have to offer.

With a team of dedicated, creative artists and a busy, friendly studio, they pride themselves on the strong relationships they develop with their clients.

I promised you future little glimpses into their magnificent world, and so far I have interviewed lovely apprentice Kate Van Doren, and tattoo artist Adam Thomas.

This month, I’ve returned to Cannock Ink to talk to artist David Brace (Brasso Tattoo).

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How would you describe your style?

I only need two word to describe my style… organised chaos.

I like the idea of taking all aspects and styles of painting, and transferring them into a tattoo. I still keep the brush stroke recognisable, and let my tattoos include little brush marks and paint clusters. I like to combine watercolour, oil painting and spray-painting, all in one place.

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Who are your favourite tattoo artists?

My top five artists are Ivana Tattoo ArtRussel Van SchaickKris BuschingMike Dargas and Timur lysenko.

Do you have a favourite tattoo out of the ones you have created?

I don’t really have a favourite. Every tattoo I do, I manage to find something in it I wish I could change, which in turn keeps me going forward and learning from each piece.

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Is there anything you would change about tattooing?

The way people look at tattoos and their decisions to get one. I understand not everyone loves art but surely that should be the motivation behind getting one – not because a friend got one, or a celebrity.

If you could do anything else other than tattooing what would it be?

I would probably go back into stone masonry and continue stone-etching and carvings. It was an awesome job and a skill-set I have never forgotten… and still use now.

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What are some of the things you learnt launching yourself as an artist? Any advice for someone at the start of their journey as a tattoo artist?

The most important thing to remember when establishing yourself is that you are a small fish in a large ocean. Never think you are on the top of your game. There are always people out there to learn from – never stop looking at your career like a child… wide-eyed and absorbing everything you can. Getting your work seen is not easy but don’t focus on that… just enjoy making it and in turn that will happen.

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Words: Beccy Rimmer
Photography: David Brace