Meet the Inked Palette tattoo artists: Joanne Baker

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: Joanne Baker
Tattoo Style: Watercolour / Illustration
Tattooing: 3 Years
Location: Grizzlys Art Tattoos, Coventry

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Thank you for offering to be part of our exhibition!

Thank you for asking me to be involved. I agreed to be part of it because I wanted to take the opportunity to exhibit work with some amazing artists, Since University, I feel that exhibitions and other such independent artwork has taken a backseat. As most tattoo artists will tell you, being a tattoo artist becomes a way of life rather than just a job… all my time is now invested in creating artwork for clients

Have you ever had your work exhibited before?

I have indeed; I did a Fine Art degree at Coventry University, so I created an installation that was exhibited during the degree show. I have also been part of smaller exhibits, one at Rugby Museum and Art Gallery, The Free Range show at the Truman brewery in London, a student exhibit at the RBSA in Birmingham… all many years ago. More recently I had a postcard painting at The Miniature Ink charity art sale at Atomica Gallery.

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What are you planning to display?

I will mostly have existing pieces to display, but time allowing I would like to create a few new pieces. My work has changed a lot, but I get the feeling that my new work will look a lot like the things I paint for my clients.

What does tattooing mean to you, in one word?


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What do you love most about your job?

Meeting my clients, feeling honoured that they have chosen to have my work on their body.

Describe what art means to you, in one word.


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What are you looking forward to the most?

I’m looking forward to seeing what other artists work will be like and seeing the exhibition as a whole. I am very nervous about creating the artwork, but that’s not unusual for me.

Is there anything you want people looking at your artwork to take away from it? 

Not really, I think it is quite difficult to dictate or gauge what you would like the viewer to feel or think, I just hope they enjoy it in some way.

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What’s your creative process?

My work in the past was mostly based on surrealism and drawing automatically what came into my head at the time, putting it down and quickly as possible so not to lose it to another thought or idea.

Without a client at the end of it, I think inspiration can come from many sources.

Anything else you want to share with us.

Life’s too short to colour inside the lines.

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