Last Wednesday I mozied on down to Blackfriars’s Tattoo studio for my scheduled appointment; my first piece by Jon Tagart Harper, and one I was very much looking forward to. I was greeted by the gracious receptionist, Sophie Rady, who used to bartend at The Barrels, and is doing her apprenticeship with Jon.
While sinking into the lovely Chesterfield settee and enjoying a nice warm cup of coffee in the reception area downstairs, I looked around and soaked up the atmosphere; candles slowly burning…giving off a calming scent, art work by Loo Pimble, a series of framed butterflies and insects, a most interesting Ouija Board that appears to be crafted out of slate, and various interesting goat horns on plaques. You feel a sense of Modern Interior and Period Style fused in with Jon’s personal interests which include Dark Metal. Impressive from the get go.
When Jon was ready for me, we moved into the studio upstairs that fortunately takes in lots of natural light, and feels very private and welcoming. Jon prepares you for your tattoo after making certain the design is to your liking – since I asked for a wristband style, a nightmare ensued. It was difficult with the shape of my arm (guess I am a defect), but Jon kept on with determination and didn’t falter from his mission until I was happy with the outcome. It is just what he does, how he makes a living. His tattoo gun is his brand, and his patrons wear his tattoos with pride. Jon knows that, and it shows.
The tattoo was initially unbearable, but I was looked after by Jon and Sophie, who kept me distracted the entire time with conversation. It was all so sweet. The entire journey was an experience and I walked away with a tattoo I am happy with, while enjoying myself thoroughly. Jon is a focused and regimented tattooist. He is very sterile which is something you don’t have to worry about in his studio; we all do don’t we?
The presence of Loo Pimble, Jon’s mentor and great friend, added to the experience. It was lovely to watch how each naturally bounced off of each others creativity, and see how seriously they take their craft. Surely he will be missed when returning to Florida.
Jon’s next guest tattooist is James Bull, who will be available for appointments March 21-25. To make an appointment with James email him at email@example.com Each guest tattooist adds character and brings a new style to the table. Loo Pimble is available until the 7th for work at Blackfriars Tattoo. Appointments for Jon or Loo can be made by emailing Blackfriars Tattoo at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on 01432 350927.
5 Maylord Street, Hereford