I had wanted a tattoo for ages, Im not sure if it was the permanent aspect that had put me off, well maybe a little but it was more the fact that I couldn’t find a design that I wanted. Initially I wanted to design something myself but that just never happened.
An album by B Dolan introduced me to the paintings of Robert Bowen and a painting of his called High & Dry, this was the one!!
I wouldnt consider doing something like this using an artists work without permission so I emailed Robert who replied sending me other images that other fans have had tattooed. I purchased an edition of the painting that I was having tattooed so I also have the print in real life as well, and with that I was all set for the ink.
It took a while to find the right tattoo studio, the one that I was initially suggested in Marlow, Berkshire had extremely bad service and after an initial consultation and several phone calls would not respond back to me but I eventually had a great consultation with SK7 tattoo in Bagshot
The day of the tattoo came and I was ready for the afternoon of being jabbed millions of times by a needle
the transfer made the design look huge on my lower leg though, that was quite a scary bit and the closest I came to “oh crap what am I doing”
The whole tattoo took about 4:30 hours, the darkness made the design look very overpowering but as the colour and shading was done, the picture started to take shape
A few weeks and the redness had gone down, no scabbing and only a little peeling but the picture has come through and looks brilliant.
I am amazed at the outcome and really love it, its very unique and fits with my love of mechanics and nature