Top tattooists are making their mark

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There’s a real buzz about tattooing in Blackpool as three world-class artists have taken up residency at a studio to show off their talents.

Dragon’s Den Tattoo Studio, on Coronation Street in the resort, is holding a three-day event in the parlour to show off different types of tattoo methods.

The artists made tattooing a spectator sport yesterday as 150 people visited to watch them each work for hours on customers’ tattoos.

Dragon’s Den resident tattooist Przemyslaw ‘Shamak’ Malachowski is joined by Samoan artist Lawrence Ah Ching and Polish artist Max Pniewski today and tomorrow too.

Owner Keith Butcher said: “It’s just to try to bring in different styles of tattooing from around the world.

“They’re all world renowned artists and there’s a massive difference in the work they do.

“Lawrence’s Samoan method dates back 2,000 years, while Max’s method is as an electric tattooist using vibrant colours, and Shamak does electric but with black ink.”

Samoan Lawrence Ah Ching uses handmade metal tools to tap ink into the skin in the ancient method, originally done using human bones.

The parlour anticipates around 500 visitors over the course of the event.

Bosses also hope it will raise the profile of tattooing in the town.

Mr Butcher added: “When you see the quality of the work it lifts expectations and it’ll make other artists raise their work, too.”

Newly qualified tattooist Wayne Challinor and Wayne Masterson, who gave advice on tattoo removal or reduction, also met with customers.

The tattoo parlour is open from 10.30am until 8pm today and tomorrow for people to meet the artists.




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