Tattoo artist James king
I started noticing art at a young age. I used to see posters and advertisements and I would look at the drawings and the paintings and study their designs, wondering who had come up with the ideas. I wanted to create art myself and to tell stories through drawing. I used my imagination to recreate the imagery I had seen, adding to each in an attempt to create my own stories and tempt emotion. By the early-90s I was reading comic books, admiring the bold lines and contrasting colours of the superhero titles. Again, I started to recreate the imagery, moving closer towards realism and reproducing real life through in art. It’s this realism that I try to demonstrate in my tattoo work today.
When I first saw a copy of Tattoo magazine, it clicked. I knew then that this was the medium I needed to explore. I started to design and draw small, intricate tattoos in 2005 and gradually built up to larger scale works, all the while continuing to draw and teaching myself to use pen, charcoal, chalks, pastels and metal-point. Alongside this I practised using ink, learning about the common forms of tattoo and how to work on skin.
After working in the industry for 10 years, I opened my own shop in 2015. Inklectic however is more that a tattoo shop, it is a creative hub and art gallery where I can practice, work and display my designs, from a wide variety of bespoke tattoos to art commissions in pens, pencil and chalk. I meet with customers to discuss their designs and tattoo requirements and have built a large network of return customers. I pride myself on delivering the best quality in realistic tattooing in London and show great rapport and customer care with each member of the public who walks through the doors.
To book a consultation, please use the Contact Us page. I look forward to welcoming you to Inklectic Tattoos and helping to create a unique piece of art.