Jack Peppiette; From Cali to Scotland:

California born Scotsman Jack Peppiette. Not only does he still have both an American and British passport, his black work and geometrical tattooing style, seems to mix the exotic with the cold and rigid, in the best way. The lines are clear and powerful, with the imagery being exotic and sensual, making for incredible geometrical tattoos. He also seems to have quite the eye for both the ornamental element of the tattoos he creates, as well as the anatomy of his clients body. Both are crucial, with this style of tattooing and this young man has them down.

The Interview:

1. Where are you from? What age are you? and how long have you been tattooing for?

Hey guys! For those of you who’d like to know, I am 28 years old and from Edinburgh, Scotland. I was actually born in California but moved over here when i was around 5 years old so i would say i was more Scottish than anything else, still have both passports though! I’ve been tattooing for around 6 years now.

2. The name of your current studio and where is it located?

I am based at the Incredible Insider Tattoo in Leith, Edinburgh.

3. How would you describe your style of tattooing/the style of your tattoos?

I think the easiest way to describe the style of tattooing i like to do is Mehndi and Henna inspired Ornamental, perhaps just blackwork, dotwork or patternwork? Really its just lines and spirals and i just make it up as i go along, no stress.

4. What is it you love about that style?

I love the way you are free to use the shapes and patterns in different ways to build big projects piece by piece and let them grow organically, theres usually a vague plan to start a big project but a lot of the time i like to start with one or 2 pieces and then stencil the next bit and the next bit as you go until it all comes together!

5. What is your favourite thing about being a tattoo artist?

I would have to say my favourite part about tattooing was just to be able to make a steady living in a creative industry which you love, the fact that you get to go to work everyday and create something new and unique is something not to be taken for granted.

6. What got you into tattooing?

I had always liked tattoos since i was in primary school, me and my friend Sam drawing on our arms with biro, so when it was time to start looking ahead and getting a ‘real job’ it was the only thing i really thought was for me.

7. What inspires your tattoos(and art) the most?

There are loads of individual bits of inspiration that have come together to create the style i like, for instance looking at Thomas Hoopers work starting out or getting Tattooed by Jason Corbett. And of course finding things on the internet like the Pakistani Wedding Henna and Geometric Patterns that i love to reference, the internet has been a huge tool in everyones development in finding new images and ideas to work from.

8. What is your favourite tattoo you have ever done or seen?

There are a few projects that i have on the go at the moment i am super happy with, and the sleeves i am currently working on for my customer Mark are some of my favourites, hopefully they’ll do well in the “peoples choice” category at the London Convention next month! There are loads of amazing tattoos out there but the one that jumps to mind at the moment was some patternwork on the fingers of “Beautiful Aaron” by Gary Burns which were so neat and even and just great patterns!

9. Do you have a dream tattoo, that you want to do on someone in the future?

I have no specific dream tattoo i guess, i have loads of cool ideas that i want to try out, and i would love to complete a bodysuit but i thinks its best if it progresses naturally and we just start with a sleeve, then 2 then go from there!

10. Do you have any future plans, you would like your fans and the readers at Mediazink, to know about?

I have a a few guest spots lined up for next year and i plan on going to Australia and the US next year, there is also a few clothing design projects to look forward to next year and i will be attending the London International Tattoo Convention in September which has been a goal of mine every since i started tattooing! Thank you for reading!

Final Comment and Gallery:

Jack Peppiette, truly a young artist in love with pattern work. You can clearly spot his passion for it, in how clean and well done his own work is. But he also seems to be the kind of young artist, who likes to plan and think things through. Taking inspiration from everything and everyone around him as he goes along. His meticulousness clearly shows off in his great tattoo work. We are sure that he will do very well in the future, fingers crossed for him at the London Tattoo Convention.

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