Meet the Inked Palette tattoo artists: Shirin Scales

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: Shirin Scales
Tattoo Style: Colour / Comic / Cartoon
Tattooing: 3 Years
Location: The Crystal Ship, Walsall

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Thank you for offering to be part of our exhibition. What made you say yes to being involved?

I’ve never been part of an exhibition with some many other tattoo artists, so I thought I’d jump on board. It’s also another great opportunity to meet and mingle with new tattoo folk as I’m still a baby in the industry.

Have you ever had your work exhibited before?

Yes, I have done several charity events in the past and even had some of my work auctioned, but I’ve never taken part in an event with so many other tattoo artists which is why this one is so exciting.

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Tell us about what you’re planning to display.

I’ve never been the kind of artist that has any real deep meaning to what I create, I’m all about fun and bold colours. I like art that makes you smile for no particular reason. I draw and paint things that make me happy, so expect bold bright colours with a cute, geeky twist. I think I’ll have a mixture of some new and existing work.

What does tattooing mean to you, in one word?


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What’s the one thing you love most about your job?

I love the freedom tattooing brings, the freedom to express yourself through art. Also the freedom to be myself and create what I want, look how I like and help others do the same.

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Describe what art means to you, in one word.


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What are you looking forward to the most?

I am really looking forward to meeting the other artists and seeing what they’ve come up with, I love meeting creative people. It will be really great to stand back with everyone who is taking part and say ‘we made this for you to enjoy’!

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

I hope that my work just makes people smile and feel happy.

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What’s your creative process when putting a piece of artwork together? 

Everything I work on for myself always turns out better, whereas there’s normally always a compromise on a piece when I’m working with my clients… although there are the odd few who just let me go for it and those tatts normally turn out the best.

When working by myself I’ll only work on subjects that I’m interested in. I like to turn the things I love into something better.

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