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I have always enjoyed drawing and while growing up I often only had my imagination to entertain myself; spending many hours drawing and dreaming of weird and fantastical images.

At 18 I entered into higher education to study art and design. After completing a number of courses I left in 2004 with a degree in Imagemaking and Design.

I first picked up a tattoo machine in 2004 under experienced guidance and have endeavoured to study and apply myself to the medium of tattooing ever since.

The first studio I worked at as an apprentice, was for 14 months out of a North London tattoo studio. It was a great but disciplined start and ended short of me completing my apprentership.

I started work at Skins and Needles in 2009 and left in March 2020. I worked with some great people and was happy to be part of an awesome team. Being there gave me the opportunity to learn, grow and develop from a hungry apprentice to a professional tattooist. Working in a street shop I was constently challenged with a variety of work. Generally I tattooed anything that walked in provided I felt I could do a good job with it and make the customer happy. After over a decade at Skins & Needles I was ready for my next opportunity and challange.

I started at Dragons Forge Tattoo Studio in 2020. I am very happy to be working with the extremely talented Aidan in his beautiful studio. I now work on an appointment only basis as the studio is a private studio. The benefit of a private studio over a street shop is I can provide the customer with a more relaxed and focused working environment. The privacy allows me to focus on my customer without distractions and provide the best creative and tattoo experience I can produce.

To date, I have over 2 years combined experience as a studio apprentice and over 10 years experience as a professional registered tattooist.

I enjoy working with people from all walks of life and helping them with their ideas and designs no matter how bizarre.

I especially enjoy working with bold linework and realistic shading.

My favourite subjects are on the themes of Sci-Fi, fantasy, horror, mythology, and anything related to comics, films and games.

These get me the most excited and inspired.

Please get in touch if you would like to discuss any potential ideas you have for future tattoos with me.

Cheers, Rico :)


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