Rich Harris


 

How long have you been tattooing and how did you start your tattooing journey?

 

I’ve been tattooing for just over 8 years now, I first had the idea when I was 9 years old at Junior school, my friends used to ask me to draw super heroes on their arms with a biro pen. I’d forgotten about the idea until I was 33, when my best friend started learning to tattoo which inspired me to look into it as a career. Luckily I had a friend who opened a studio around that time, he allowed me to work there straight away.

 


 

Do you remember what was the first tattoo you did? If so, tell us what it was and for who.

 

The first tattoo I did was at my friends house on him, I was petrified, I made a very wonky star on his leg.

 


 

Please, tell us about your current tattoo style and how it has changed over the years.

 

It currently has a mix of realism, graphic, line work, vibrant colours and a touch of abstract. I just put in whatever I enjoy or inspires me the most at the time

I guess it’s evolved  from many influences I’ve surrounded myself with over the years, artists I follow on social media, artists I travel to get work from, artists I collaborate with, generally every day life, travel and people I meet.

 


 

Does anyone or anything inspire you?

 

Definitely, I get inspired very easily. As soon as I started my apprenticeship, my priority was to get tattooed by my favorite artists and to learn from them. Watching them tattoo, their design process, asking questions, taking their advise. From that experience and being around that calibre of artist along with all the studios I visited, really opened my mind what I could achieve with a lot of hard work.

 


 

Are there any tattoo artists who are extremely admirable to you? If so who?

 

Different artists at different times but when I was starting out…

Michelle Maddison was an apprentice at the same time as me but her work was such a high standard, I think she really set the bench mark for apprentices. Her color work is amazing, super solid saturation!

David Corden was also massively influential, those perfect subtle blends and the translation from picture to clean stylized realism.

Florian Karg who has the most beautiful high contrast, balance, flow, and freedom to his work, his compositions are great!

Finally Timur Lysenko, his bold, solid, timeless style really amazing me to this day, and getting tattooed from him really made me want to create a style and work harder on my designs

So all the above four were massively influential at the start of my career, currently, I’m inspired by Kenni Poke, Walter Montero, Steve Moore, Sandra Daukshta, Hanumantra to name a few

 


 

Do you have any memorable tattoo story or a customer that has stuck with you through all the time you have been tattooing?

 

Haha, I have a couple of funny ones… At my first studio, my boss walked in, just to say hello… Then this clock caught his attention that was on our shelf, he said who’s is that gay clock?

The handmade clock in question was brought in by my client as a thank you gift, I was also tattooing him at that exact moment… I replied, my client made it for me…our boss tried to awkwardly backtrack but we were in hysterics for a few hours…I’m always putting my foot in it so was amusing to see someone else do it.

 


 

Is there any art form that fascinates you also except tattooing? Maybe do you have any other passion or something that you really enjoy doing?

 

Oil painting! I got into this in the first lockdown, I do plan to do this as a career when I finish tattooing, or maybe I’ll start DJing again and producing music.

 


 

Do you like visiting or exhibiting at tattoo conventions? Would you recommend any of them?

 

I love working conventions, London, Paris, Milan, Venice, Brussels, Big North, Galway are a few I really enjoy. Yes, I’d recommend all of them 🙂

 


 

Any artist you planning to get tattooed by? Who has tattooed you already?

 

I have been tattooed by Michelle Madison, David Corden, Rose Price, Jamie Knott, Matt Lapping, Timur Lysenko, Florian Karg, and Sandra Daukshta. Maybe in the future Hanumantra, Walter Montero, and Kenni Poke.

 


 

What are your plans and dreams? If you think about yourself in 10 years, what do you see?

 

I’ll be living in Ibiza then, maybe a little Dark Horse studio in the mountains, creating oil paintings, music, and the odd tattoo.

 


 

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