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Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Award Winning

Jo and myself worked at the East Coast Expo a few weeks ago and I'm proud to say I picked up the First Place Award in the Traditional tattoo category. It was a great convention to work at and a brilliant way to finish the weekend.

This Christmas we will be open up to and including the 22nd, we'll be back in the studio from the 27th-29th. In the new year we'll be open from the 3rd and we're looking forward to 2013 as we have a lot of big projects on the go and we're looking forward to more coming through the door.

Anyway, here are a few things we've been up to


I'll get some photos of Andy's work to put up soon as well, and in the new year we'll put up some of Jo's work as well. He's been turning out some really nice pieces recently so you're in for a treat.

Also stay up to date by following our Facebook page, it gets updated more often than here and it's an easy way to send us any questions.

Friday, 2 November 2012

New tees

We've got a bunch of new tees in stock now that you can buy in the studio or at our new webstore. Make sure you're looking good this winter!

Thursday, 25 October 2012

New stuff

Just a few new pieces to post up from me and I finally managed to get a couple of things Andy's been working on as well.


Nice bright girl's face, will hopefully get a healed photo soon

Finished off this religious half sleeve on Reece last weekend, going to be extending it with another angel and make it into a full one in the next few months

Another religious arm piece, lots of fun tweaking out the background and tying the whole design together

A pocket watch and compass on my friend Kay

An ankh with a scarab beetle on Noddy, she brought in a different design to this so I had to change it around and redraw it to work better for her

And lastly this lovely goose. My client wanted to go smaller with it, but it had a lot of meaning to her and I felt it was such a strong image I convinced her to get it this size. We're both happy we did as it's become a much more striking piece which sits perfectly on her arm

I've been lucky recently to have clients let me do my own thing with their designs. These are just a few tattoos I've done recently where I've had a lot of free reign and because of that I feel we've both ended up with more than we'd hoped. I just want to say thank-you to everyone who's put their trust in me recently and I can't wait to decorate you some more!


Andy did this Jesus in one sitting. I love the detail in his work and I was impressed to see him sit down for so long working tirelessly on it, and also to the client having the will to sit through it and get it done in one shot

This is a piece of flash that Andy redrew for his client and gave her a more modern updated version of a classic

He's not got too much more to do with this back piece, a couple more sittings and it should be all done

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

It's been a while

I've been slacking a bit with posting stuff, but I will be keeping this more up to date in the coming weeks. If you want our most up to date news, your best bet is our Facebook Page or Instagram @mf_farrell for me and @jovendor for Jo, we update them pretty much daily. I've also been pretty bad at taking photos recently but I've got a new camera now, so in the coming weeks I'll be posting more work as well.
Jo and I will be working at the East Coast Tattoo Convention in November, which you should all have a look at, Jo's particularly looking forward to the hog roast, and we'll have a load of designs drawn up for that.
We'd also like to thank everyone we met at the Norwich Body Arts Festival, we had a great time there and tattooed a few nice pieces, looking forward to going back to that beautiful city next year.
Anyway, here are couple things we've had through the door recently


This is a photo of Cinderella all healed up on Teagan, we're working it into a half sleeve at the moment and we're not too far off from being finished right now

A happy bear with lots of honey for Layla, I'm going to be tattooing a goose on her on Monday in a similar style

And this Layla's russian doll that I did about 2 years ago now

Thursday, 19 July 2012

Portsmouth Tattoo Convention

So the 28th/29th is just around the corner and we're all geared up ready for the Portsmouth Tattoo Convention! There aren't many advance discount tickets left, so get them while you can or pick them up at the door on the day. I've got a couple pieces booked in but I'll have space to tattoo walk ups on the day and talk about any old shit, so if you're going, then come by and say hi.
Andy will be keeping the shop open so everyone back at home won't be missing out. 
It's been a while since the last post, so I think I better post some pictures. We keep a more up to date feed on the shop on our facebook page, so join that and nothing will slip by.


What I like to do when someone has a rough idea and wants it done on the day

Blue sugar skull girl on Sam

Music inspired piece

Here's a healed photo of Niran's fu dog. Tried a couple new things out and it turned out looking great

Snake on the chest

This is Freya Fox's warrior girl. She's half healed and half fresh in the photo

Close up of a traditional panther fighting a snake, the full tattoo is from wrist to elbow

Little gap filler on Tommy, who helps us out on Saturdays

Thursday, 31 May 2012

Jubilee Weekend

Letting you know we will be open on Saturday, Monday and Tuesday of the Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend. With all that time off work it'd be silly not to get tattooed! Also we have donated £100 in vouchers to the Kenton Gardens' Street Party, with all proceeds for the raffle going to The Samantha Dixson Brain Tumour Trust.
The street party starts at 12 on the Monday, so go down there for some fun, win big and then come spend it in the shop!

Friday, 11 May 2012

And a few from Joe

Unfortunately this year's State of the Art convention has been cancelled, so we're going to be looking at a few other ones and hopefully make it to one later in the year. It's a shame we won't get to see some of the friends we made at Derby again this year, but maybe next year we'll make it. 
Here are a few of the things that have been keeping me busy, had a lot of great tattoos and customers in the past couple weeks, and have a lot booked in for next week as well.

I love doing really heavy black designs, especially roses

Finished off this sleeve last weekend (I didn't tattoo the writing of black and grey flowers next to it)

Ian still managed to come in after breaking his ankle, we couldn't work on his leg so he got this cool little heart instead

I've been dying to do this design as soon as I drew it up, and Lee sat through the pain to get it done

What Andy's been up to

Here are a few pieces on customers that Andy's been working on.

Lots of black and grey religious tattoos, starting with a little cherub

Piece of Boog flash

Knocked this out in one sitting

Really nice delicate flowers on the shoulder

Nice sexy angel that Andy custom designed

Done from a piece of Farrell's flash

Sun and moon design

Custom swallows and scroll

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

We're Back

We're back from the States! Andy's been doing a great job by the looks of things but Big Joe and Little Jo are back and ready for business! We met a lot of awesome tattooists over the past month, exchanging tips and stories, making some good friends!
Come down and say hello, and get ready for some stories. It's GOOOOOD to be back!

We're pretty busy this week so we'll have some photos to put up in no time, and Andy's got a bunch after the last month as well, but until then, here's a photo of me getting a dose of my own medicine. I'm sure some of you will enjoy seeing me in pain!

Saturday, 24 March 2012

Spring time

Thank God the weather's started to get nice, hopefully it'll be staying like this for a while! I won't be around for the next few weeks, so Andy will be running things at the shop and looking after everyone who comes in. If you have any questions then you can email him, and he'll be able to help you out.
Before I leave, here's a couple of recent pieces I've done.


Got to do a nice big rose on Christina earlier in the week, she sat like a trooper and it looked great in the end

Did a crow on Tom to go on the same arm as his owl that I tattooed before

Friendship Hello Kitty tattoos FTW

Couple of small swallows on Karis

Finished up Shiran's arm, just a detail shot of the angel, a bit different to what I usually do but really enjoyed this one

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Mother's Day & St Patrick's Day

Special offer all this week!


Sweet pair of realistic headphones 

Boog Angel to fit in with some existing work on a sleeve Andy's already started

Custom cherry blossom tree design on Denise

Guy Fawkes masks on Amber

Black and grey lion

The koi piece we posted up last time was finished off and looks great