I got my first tattoos in my teens in the late 70's, went to art school and started to get heavily tattooed in the 80's, and was tattooing from home by the end of that decade. Tattooing captivated me, but there wasn't much going on in the U.K. at that time, so I went to L.A., where things WERE happening, got tattooed by a couple of my heroes, and ended up staying and tattooing in Hollywood for a couple of years.
In '93 I came back and started Into You, soon Curly joined us, and we've had a great collection of artists over the years - thanks guys! We were pretty much the first truly custom tattoo shop in London, the whole tattoo landscape was completely different then, there were no magazines, there were hardly any shops, tattooing was an underground scene, SO different to now.
I started liking mainly tribal, because it was so different to anything I had seen, but I came to love trad Japanese work and "old school" just as much. Although I enjoy revisiting certain themes, compared to some artists these days my "style" is quite broad, I like to work with the person I'm working on, start with what ideas they have, and put my own spin on it, often using some elements from the tattoo traditions that I love.
I've come to love printmaking almost as much as tattooing, there's something about the medium that just grabbed me in much the same way. Starting around 2000, I concentrated mainly on silk screens first, and spent a few years getting to grips with the medium, before turning to woodcuts in the last 2 years or so. Currently working on my portrait series, after that - who knows?
Watch this space.