I started my drawing journey in 2015 where I drew dotwork pieces, thinking it would start my tattoo career off easily. I was wrong. Dotwork is hard to get right as a portrait.

At this point I did a few tattoos but they weren’t great. I didn’t know any aspects of drawing let alone tattooing.

My eye for detail wasn’t even there just yet, so I decided to put my machine away and put my head down and learn how to draw.


I went through countless sketch books, watched 100's of videos and stayed in most nights to get better at drawing. 

In 2016 I drew a rose, It turned out great and that’s where my passion for realism started. I drove myself crazy with my addiction to get that soft shade right and the correct 3D effect in place.


After one and half years of practicing I was ready to take my drawings into studios in Brighton and ask for an apprenticeship, that’s where my tattooing journey started.

Now I’m a very busy artist in both aspects due to my will power and determination. On this site I’ve made some videos for you to watch, i've made them as simple to follow as possible in an effort to help make your drawing better. 

Who knows? In the future you could be a tattoo artist!


  • 1st place black and grey - Portsmouth tattoo convention 

  • 1st place men’s black and grey - Portsmouth tattoo convention 

  • 4th place - Cambridge tattoo convention 

award winning artist

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