The Galway Tattoist Q&A #2
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The Galway Tattoist Q&A #2

The annual Galway Tattoo Show brings thousands of tattoo fans to the windy Wesht. But, despite the plethora of international artists that will be in attendance and tattooing from the festival for the weekend, Galway has a very successful tattoo industry all of it's own, and has nurtured some of Ireland's best tattoo artists along the way.

With that in mind This is Galway caught up with a few of Galway's best tattoo artists for a chat about Galway, why they do what they do, what drives them and a few other random questions.

Our second interview in this weeks series of Q&A's with Galway tattoo artists is with Sean Ricketts from Inkfingers Custom Tattoo on Lower Abbeygate Street...



Q. How long have you been tattooing and when did you set up in Galway?

A. Around 11 years now. I started out in a small studio on Dominick Street in 2004ish...

Q. Tell us about your studio and your preferred style of tattooing.
A. The studio is called Inkfingers. Everything here is custom (no flash) and we try to do everything that comes through the door. Personally I love realism and watercolour!
Q. How did you get into tattooing in the first place?
A. My good mate Vinny Higgins... It's a long story
Q. Who or what influences your work?
A. I'm influenced by a lot of artists, both on canvas and skin. But, I'd have to say that it's the lads here!
Q. What’s the worst tattoo that you have? Or do you love them all in equal measures?
A. I don't really notice my own tattoos, it's more the stuff that I put on others that is important.

Q. What advice would you give to somebody coming in to get their first tattoo from you?

A. Open your mind, take the advice on board, relax and enjoy!

Q. What is the tattoo that you’ve done that most sticks out in your mind, or that you’re most proud of?

A. It was a small abstract maple leaf I did on a girl from America - I never got a photo though... Gutted!!
Q. What’s the latest trend in tattoos, and do you wish that it would go away?
A. There is always a way to do something different... Even a pocket watch and roses; haha!
Q. Galway has been in the news a lot recently for all the right reasons. What is it about Galway that you love?
A.  I love the people, the relaxed atmosphere and the cultural mix. It's very similar to Brighton where I'm from. Mind you that can all change when you get behind the wheel of a car in rush hour; haha - No, seriously it's great!



You can see more from Sean at Inkfingers by checking out his page on our website here, or by heading over to his Facebook and Instagram pages which are listed below.



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