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Kelly

Roses are red, violets are blue.
I got hooked on tattoos at 16, it’s all I wanted to do.
I’ve been tattooing since the 90’s, when arm bands were cool.
Please support Ace and Sword, I don’t want to go back to school.
Send me your art nouveau, and black and grey realism tattoos,
I’m not keen on colour, wolves or lions, they give me the blues.

– Kelly

I have been tattooing for 22 years now, and I still love it as much today as I did when I first started my apprenticeship at 17 years old.

Back then though—as with any apprenticeship at the time—I started at the bottom. It was far from glamorous, I spent my days doing the shop dirty work and cleaning tubes. But I didn’t mind, I was working towards something, gaining the experience I needed to do what I loved. While working at the shop, I spent my free time practicing on my guinea pigs—my friends.

I knew from a very early age that I wanted to tattoo—It was counter-culture and it was magical. I think what fascinated me the most was the fact that a tattoo is something you can never reverse. You can change your life, but a tattoo is forever.

My specialities and favourite styles include art nouveau, pseudo-realism, and dark horror. Bring on the monsters…

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