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Cheeky Blackwork: Interview with Tattoo Artist Alice

Cheeky Blackwork: Interview with Tattoo Artist Alice


Tattoo artist Alice (@oneskinnyleg) creates “cool tattoos for cool individuals” at Sanctuary Physique Artwork in Edinburgh. We caught up with the artist to search out out extra about her model, inspirations and hopes for the long run…

Tattoo artist Alice
Portrait of Alice by @continuous_portrait_project

How lengthy have you ever been tattooing? 

My first tattoo was October 2021 – so you can say it’s been since then. 

What impressed you to develop into an artist?

As quickly as I began getting tattooed, I knew that’s what I wished to do. It was a horrible itch I wanted to scratch. I knew the treatment was tattooing, however I couldn’t attain the ointment behind the toilet cupboard. You get the thought with this dermal analogy, so I’ll cease there. I received my apprenticeship aged 29 – a bit late to the social gathering, however I usually am anyway. 

What’s your earliest reminiscence of tattoos? Did you need them as a toddler?

I didn’t take into consideration them a lot till I used to be 16, then they have been all I considered. I desperately wished some Dying Cab for Cutie lyrics down my forearm – not only one line, like precise verses.

I additionally tried to get my fingers tattooed once I was 18. It was in a store in Yorkshire the place I went to highschool, and it was just about simply in the lounge of a terraced home. I received informed to come back again once I had greater than zero tattoos.  

Are you able to inform us about your personal tattoos and your first tattoo?

My first tattoo was a falcon on the again of my arm. It’s been described as wanting like a fish and a hashish leaf, however by no means a chook. I wished it to be as small as attainable so that is completely my doing. 

Some current cool stuff by Edinburgh buddies Justin Yaroma, Enrique Vega and Sophie Bellingham, all of whom I can’t suggest sufficient. 

Do you could have a favorite tattoo expertise?

I had simply essentially the most enjoyable with Justin Yaroma. We laughed loads and I left the studio a greater particular person with a banging tattoo. 

Do you could have a background in artwork or something inventive?

Rising up I labored on my mum’s stables choosing up a lot of horse shit. Through the years, I turned an knowledgeable – my muck-heaps have been one thing of an artform and have been identified to make builders cry.

Throughout lockdown I began drawing digitally for the primary time, made a bunch of t-shirts which bought alright, after which managed to get an apprenticeship from there. Cheers, furlough! 

How would you describe your work? What drew you to such a tattooing?

I might describe my work as cheeky blackwork plus cats.  

I used to be impressed loads by the work of tattooers Unhappy Amish & Matt Bailey through the immaculate conception of One Skinny Leg as an artwork Instagram web page. I really like the way in which the artists can categorical a lot motion with traces and strong black – good daring concepts and daring tattoos.

I used to be drawn to such a tattooing as I really like the distinction of strong black towards the pores and skin. 

Portrait of Alice by @continuous_portrait_project

What do you wish to tattoo and what would you love to do extra of?

I wish to tattoo woman faces, and I wish to tattoo extra woman faces. I’m actually digging an enormous daring line in the mean time so something with this I’m tremendous excited to do. Shoutout to my prospects who’ve an superior vary of bizarre and sensible concepts – at all times down for extra of those. 

What conjures up your items and flash?

Issues I feel are cool get added to the listing. Automobiles are cool. Fireplace is fairly cool. Automobiles on fireplace? Yeah, that makes it. I’ll most likely do some cowboy flash –  everybody who’s anybody has wished to be a cowboy sooner or later. Christian imagery is iconic too, so a bit pinch of that. 

The place do you see your self and your artwork sooner or later?

Wanting ahead to my first visitor spots subsequent 12 months. I’m tremendous pleased to be in a heat and welcoming studio – so wanting ahead to rising and bettering inside a supportive surroundings. 

Be sure you comply with Alice (@oneskinnyleg) for extra enjoyable blackwork tattoos.

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