Artwork by Jon Tagart Harper of Blackfriars Tattoo on Maylord Street in the Hereford city centre, killing it with this nautical theme artwork. Get your shaky sea legs in there me hearties!!!! He is a busy Tattoo Pirate so make sure you email him to make an appointment firstname.lastname@example.org
It hasn’t been long since Jon Tagart Harper established Blackfriars Tattoo on Maylord Street in the Hereford city centre, and already he has had two guest, tattooists and bookings to keep him awake for days and still never catch up. He is just that good and I proudly boast one of his tattoos myself.
There is an interest generating in his black work style geared towards the darker arts, which Jon does very well. It is like you walked into an ancient cave, and came across Viking or warmongering, ritualistic tribal symbols you really don’t want to mess with. It is what comes to my mind any…which is a busy mind that runs away with itself often. Admitting that I love these tattoos won’t send me to hell will it?
So if you are in search of ideas and you fall into the category of tormented souls in search of such art, this man has the calibre. Here are a few examples of his recent and epic works.
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 by phone on 01432 350927.
Located in the busy hub that is West Street in Hereford City Centre, the new independent quarter for the consumer with a passion for individuality and Foodie culture, you will find the Skinzophrenic Tattoo Shop established by world-class tattooist and photographer, Peter Masters.
The second longest running tattoo shop in Hereford, Skinzophrenic has built its impeccable reputation on Peter’s commitment to his craft by producing high quality work in a professional environment.
Hereford City Centric will be following Peter Masters and his team of highly skilled tattooists behind the scenes to educate and inform the community about this unique art form. After all, you have to wear your tattoos for the rest of your life. Of course, if you are looking for a cover up Skinzophrenic is the place to go.
Any tattooist who is lucky enough to become a member of Peter’s team may find themselves on a plane to Iraq, where he has a second tattoo shop, and the majority of his clientele are our heroes fighting on the frontline. What a most honourable position to be in Peter!
This of course, has allowed him the opportunity to capture these soldiers in their element with his camera building an amazing portfolio few can parallel. Add the long line of tattooists he has mentored over 15 years to his CV, and the fact that he is the only studio in the city to be insured and licensed to take on students for work experience in his shop, and you suddenly realize Peter is building a legacy in the city of Hereford.
When you meet him, his energy and charisma instantly draw you in; all part of the Skinzophrenic experience. The shop branding and interior eminate his passion for the Red Hot Chili Peppers (one of my very faves too). It has an edgy, cool interior and you can assure that you won’t find a ‘Scratcher’ in the place. He adheres to strict health codes, and keeps on top of his industry.
Having several tattooists on the floor at all times, who specialize in their own tattoo techniques and use the appropriate tools to ensure authenticity, you can come in and request an appointment and know you will walk out ready to show your work off to the world.
There is an endless list of tattoo styles that Skinzophrenic tattoo artists are not afraid to take on such as, neo traditional, trash polka, realism, black and white, portraits, maori, custom and on and on. If they feel they cannot not take on a commission they will be honest, rather than put you in a position where you are stuck with something you are unhappy with for the rest of your life. NO egos here.
In this coming series we will get to know the individual artists and their work, take it as a guide for your next tattoo…you will be inspired and an expert by then.
*Also look forward to our series on Blackfriars Tattoo which will be situated at 3 Maylord Orchard in the city centre. Jon Harper is an exceptional seasoned tattoo artist working for Skinzophrenic, who is now branching off with Peter’s blessing to establish his own unique brand of tattooing and put his stamp on Hereford’s local tattoo culture. All very exciting . *