Born Into Excess: Paul Crow Exhibition @Skinzophrenic Tattoos Hereford

Skinzophrenic Tattoos on Aubrey Street in the Hereford city centre will be hosting an art exhibition featuring two artists, two worlds and two different art mediums.

The private viewing will take place on March 18th commencing at 8:00 pm and will be open to the public on March 19th from 11 am. 

Paul Crow glady takes on commission requests such at this piece for Peter Masters inspired by the film Deer Hunter
Paul Crow gladly takes on commission requests such at this piece for Peter Masters inspired by the film Deer Hunter

Alongside a provocative collection of photographs on exhibition by Peter Masters will be the art of Paul Crow who will be featuring his Icon collection, Forest paintings and his renowned Poppy paintings which landed him the epithet “The Poppy Man” and a spot on BBC Midlands Today.

When Paul started painting about 12 years ago, he channelled his creativity and began expressing the connection to his military background by virtue of the poppy – a way to express solidarity for his fellow brothers at war who perhaps never made it home. He used a palette knife technique to create his vibrant, stark paintings and soon had a following. Paul felt it was time to back away from being pegged into a box as an artist and to move away from the “Poppy Man” brand which led him to new subjects.

Paul says “I wasn’t necessarily focusing on dead celebrities, it just happened that way. I am currently working on Paul Weller who I am a huge fan of for the exhibition”

After Paul’s career led him to work for the World Cup and then back home again, his mother passed away who too was an artist. Her passing moved Paul deeply and inspired him to do the ‘Forest’ collection in her honour. During this time, Paul made a move towards using painting brushes rather than the palette knife.

As his journey further continued into developing his art, he built a studio in his home where he could experiment with his craft which led to a complete turnaround when he created the ‘Icon’ collection. A year after David Bowie’s passing, Paul Crow’s music hero, he still felt moved which led him to create the powerful Starman painting – the first piece in the ‘Icon’ collection.

One thing led to another, such as commissions from admirers of the Starman and other Icon’s soon followed including Amy Winehouse, Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain and Freddy Mercury. Paul says “I wasn’t necessarily focusing on dead celebrities, it just happened that way. I am currently working on Paul Weller who I am a huge fan of for the exhibition”

The Icon Collection contradicts everything the Born into War collection is shouting at us, yet they will be in the same room as a reminder that we perhaps must look at the choices we heedlessly make in our lives, often unnecessary self-indulgent ones. In Mosul people fight to survive with minimal resources, while in the Western world we succumb to excess and end up hurting or even killing ourselves, often forgetting to appreciate our good fortune.

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Amy Winehouse from the Icon Collection

Perhaps, this exhibition will help us to prioritise what is important in day to day life and to cherish our freedom of expression, access to food when we desire, walking down the street without a care in the world and the opportunities our children are given to succeed in life – a life they don’t have to worry about losing before they have grown into adults. In Mosul a fresh meal on the table and a peaceful night’s sleep is worth its weight in gold.

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Feauture Photo:Starman by Paul Crow


Read about the photography Peter Masters will have on exhibit

Born Into War – Peter Masters Iraq Frontline Photographry Exhibition @ Skinzophrenic Hereford

Skinzophrenic Tattoos on Aubrey Street in the city centre of Hereford will be hosting an art exhibition featuring two artists, two worlds and two different art mediums.

The private viewing will take place on March 18th commencing at 8:00 pm and will be open to the public on March 19th from 11 am. 

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Skinzophrenic Tattoos, 40 Aubrey Street, Hereford HR4 0BU  Telephone 01432 358696  Facebook Page HERE


Peter Masters is not your typical business man, he is a fearless adventurer on the side of the good guys who happens to own a Skinzophrenic tattoo studio in Hereford, a Skinzophrenic tattoo studio in Iraq and a laser removal and piercing studio in the works to be located in Hereford’s High Town. It makes you wonder if he is planning to take over the world.

The truth is taking over the world is the least of his concerns, he is a man with a camera, one with guts and a purpose for documenting the war in Iraq, and a man who would gladly leave Western life behind to fight for what he believes in. How he manages to get so close is a matter of speculation…we are just glad he can. It is brave souls like him who put themselves in harrowing situations to show the world the truth about what is really going on at the front line in Iraq that are heroes in this war along with the survivors who live it daily. A photograph cannot lie and can tell a thousand tales.

“What is most eerie is that a young boy is standing in front of the family like a shield, perhaps his father is gone now, you see that he is no longer a child but the lone male defender carrying the burden of responsibility to protect his family on his young shoulders”

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Meet The Skinzophrenic Tattoo Artists

Sometimes in life there are people who have to work extra hard to make their dreams happen as is the case with the Skinzophrenic tattoo crew. Peter Masters has created a popular tattoo enterprise that consists of two tattoo entities; one in Iraq and one in Hereford.  What a lot of people don’t know is that he has made it happen by opening his doors and heart to artists who have had many doors slammed in their face, not because of their craft, but because life and society allow many people to sadly fall through the cracks.

The appreciation and respect his tattooists give him is evident when you enter the doors to Skinzophrenic. These guys are always hard at work, and often in a state of full concentration.  They are proud to be a part of Peters team and it shows in their work ethic.

I have often sat alongside the various artists at Skinzophrenic,  watching them create works of art, and respect how focused and busy they are, yet regardless of being busy at work they never fail to make me feel welcome.  Certainly, their clients must receive the same welcome.

I have developed quite a soft spot for them all, but aside from all the mushy stuff, I think an introduction of these Skinzophrenic tattooists is in tall order.  Get to know them a bit, and decide who the guy is for the job…oh and girl, because Peter has a lovely young artist who is 14 years old under the work experience program.  It is just what Peter Masters does, and is all about. Opportunity. I guess you can say he is a natural born mentor.

Vidmantas Skara

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Jonathon Paul Photography

Vid is originally from Lithuania, and has been tattooing professionally for 5 years. His first tattoo was around 15 years ago, and since then has mastered black and grey ink work and is a talented illustrator.  He is one to go to for portraits, detail and shading.  Each time I have popped in Vid has been in the middle of some very intricate pieces worthy of admiration, and not something I would say anyone could do.  He is a talented dude. Vid also has worked in the Skinzophrenic shop in Erbil, Iraq tattooing men and women on the frontline.  Not your average everyday tattoo gig.

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Aaron Phoenix Mark

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Aaron was well known around Hereford as a ‘scratcher’ (well didn’t they all start off that way?) according to Peter, who thought his work was worthy of a spot in his shop giving him a respectable outlet for his craft. There is a lot of competition out there, and it isn’t always easy to get into a tattoo shop. Luckily, Aaron had that door opened for him and is now building up a steady clientèle.  That’s how it works folks.

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Francesco Italiano

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Francesco is the latest addition to the Skinzophrenic tattoo team, and the expression “it’s all in the name” goes a long way here.  Francesco is of course Italian, I couldn’t really get to know him because my language skills only go as far as Spanish. I could have tried and annoyed the guy he was putting body armour on, but surely Francesco would not have been happy.  He is a wonderful artist and has recently received praise from his clients.  Reviews are a powerful thing in any industry, and go a long way.  Good job Francesco Italiano!

He also specializes in HD semi-permanent eyebrow tattooing for us ladies who got a bit carried away trying to look like Hollywood startlets who plucked our eyebrows within an inch of their life.

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Zac Morris

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Zac Morris is the youngest kid on the block. He started off as an apprentice and has earned his stars and stripes as an in-house tattooist. He has done guest spots in the Skinzophrenic Shop in Erbil, Iraq, which for such a young lad is an amazing accomplishment. Peter is sending him off to Iraq again at the end of this month. We wish him a safe voyage.

Zac is keen to work on all styles of tattooing, which is a good sign for someone entering the industry, getting too comfortable with one style that early on is quite limiting.  Zac is up for a challenge, but prefers illustration, traditional and new traditional style tattooing.

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Telephone: 01432 358696

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Photography by Peter Masters and the Tattooists themselves.  

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One Dark and Stormy Sunday, Skinzophrenic Battled the Odds Against Cancer

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Zac Morris tattooing cancer ribbons for 12 hours in his pants.  What a lad.

One stormy Sunday in Hereford city centre, Skinzophrenic on West Street grabbed the cancer bull by the horns and fought the mighty beast straight on.

Zac Morris, who has trained under the watchful eye of Peter Masters seasoned tattooists, in particular Jon Harper, honoured their close and very young friend Ben Wooles, who recently was diagnosed with cancer, in hopes of raising money for Benny’s Fund, created to raise money for his treatment,  by tattooing the cancer ribbon on the brave souls who dared withstand the site of Zac in his pants…yes I did say pants!  Bless – he is a young fit lad – surely the ladies did not mind.

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Waiting for the Zac while enjoying cakes and refreshments.

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Well hope turned to success, as the lines of people gathered into the shop with minds and hearts determined to support this cause for one personal reason or another by donating £20 a head; soon Benny’s Fund saw the numbers rising.  How noble…but also well…hilarious.  Sometimes it is better to laugh in the face of cancer then it is to let it beat you, and that is just what Skinzophrenic did.

But let us not forget, cancer is a very frightening, and very expensive obstacle in  many people’s lives…so let us not stop the donations to Benny’s Fund here.  This young lad is in need of many more donations to reach his goal.  Make a donation to BENNYS FUND HERE

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A New Hereford City Centric Series…Skinzophrenic Behind the Scenes

Skinzphrenic The Best Hereford Tattoo ShopLocated 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.

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Traditional black work pin up

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!

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Skinzophrenic are featured in the February 2016 edition of Total Tattoo Magazine with a four page spread. Wow!

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.

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The joker’s eyes have such a realistic effect. Tattoo by Vid

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 . *

Skinzophrenic Tattoos

18 West Street,  Hereford  HR4 0BX

Telephone: 01432 358696

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