Tattoo artists you need to know: interview with Paul Terry

Heart tattoo by Paul Terry

Heart tattoo by Paul Terry

Based at Forever Ink in Warrington (UK), artist Paul Terry has been tattooing for six years now.

It’s safe to say that his distinctive tattoo portfolio stands out from the crowd – not just through its consistently solid and crisp designs, but its use of a specific and vibrant colour palette that reeks of originality.

I was looking forward to grabbing time with the award-winning tattooist this week, and subsequently imploring you all to immediately check out his work…

Rose tattoo by Paul Terry

Rose tattoo by Paul Terry

Thanks for letting me share your work here. How would you describe your tattoo style?

Bold, bright and clean tattooing.

What is your approach to your work… as in, what are some of the most important things you want to achieve when creating a tattoo?

My personal approach to creating a tattoo is to not over-complicate a design. I try to draw stuff that I’d be happy to own as a tattoo myself. But most importantly, I have fun with it.

Leaf tattoo by Paul Terry

Leaf tattoo by Paul Terry

You’re known for your original colour work and in particular in your incredibly unique roses – they’re instantly recognisable as yours! Are they one of your favourite things to create? What other tattoos do you enjoy doing?

It’s crazy to hear this and to think that I am recognised for what I’m doing – I still feel like I’m new to the industry and I’ve got a long way to go yet.  So, I’m chuffed as a butty to get asked this.

I do enjoy creating these roses and trying to perfect and tweak them each time. I love to tattoo so I’m happy tattooing anything really. As long as it’s something I know I can shine doing and make look awesome – I’ll do it!

You’ve won two awards this year already – ‘Best Avant Garde’ and ‘Best of Convention’ at Tattoo Freeze back in January. Congratulations!

Yeah that was totally unexpected – still stoked thinking about it!

Paul's signature roses

Paul’s signature roses

What are your plans for the rest of 2017?

Just to keep pushing forward, keep creating. Get out there – do more conventions and guest spots, and learn as much as I can really. Be focused in what I’m doing and where I’m going but remember to have fun doing it.

What’s the single thing you love most about what you do?

The people. Tattooing has taken me to some awesome places but it has to be the people you meet along the way. I’ve meet people from all walks of life – chatting farts and having a laugh is what makes it worthwhile.

It’s also an awesome feeling being surrounded by tattoo artist that I look up to and have been influenced by – them being down to earth and helpful, showing love to what I’m doing and encouraging me to grow. The tattoo industry is full of artists willing to help other artists up the ladder – I’m just stoked to be part of it.

Roses tattoos by Paul Terry

Roses tattoos by Paul Terry

Follow Paul on Instagram @pau1terry_


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