PHIL

I remember every minute of the journey to the place where I got my first tattoo - it was a shed at the bottom of a garden, where my friend's brother had built his own tattoo studio. Since then, I've been tattooed in studios from Pokhara in Nepal, through to Kanchanaburi in Thailand and back to Blighty, but the first still remains a vivid and fond memory.


The anticipation was intense, the nervous energy... the tangible mix of disgust and amusement on the face of my best mate's mum is not something I'll ever forget. Though for the record, I wouldn't advise visiting a potting shed for your first tattoo - it was a bit of a shock for me, on that sunny day, many, many years ago...


Motorcycles, rock music and tattoos have always fascinated me. Although I didn't start tattooing seriously until five years ago, at the age of thirty-five, I've always been excited by tattoos and the culture that surrounds them.


My background is deeply rooted in art, so it's no wonder that these skin designs held my attention, representing rebellion and the alternative side of society. The only wonder is why I didn't pick up a tattoo machine earlier (although I did give myself a few pin and ink tattoos - again, not recommended, blah, blah, blah). I've always painted and used art as my escape, from self-portraits to abstract works. I have A-levels in Art, Photography and Graphic Design, and a BA (Hons) degree in Visual Arts from Salford University, where I met my mentor, James, who taught me how to tattoo.


WHAT PEOPLE SAY

ABOUT PHIL

My girlfriend went in for her first tat and Phil couldn't have made her feel more relaxed. Easy atmosphere, good banter and friendly vibes, but bugger me this guy can draw!

Jon Officer

I got a tattoo of a bee and a rose to symbolise being in Manchester for a year now, and I'm even more proud to be a new Mancunian after getting this beauty done. Thank you again, Phil!

Sydney Morgan Kelly

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