Monday, June 24, 2013

Featured Tattoo Artist | Scott Move

Name: Scott Move
Age: Old
Location: London, UK

What attracted you to tattooing?

 I think really I was attracted to tattooing from skateboarding and music. Seeing people you think ate cool covered in tattoos has a definite impact. It did on me I suppose. 

How did you get into the industry? 

 I just started getting tattooed quite a lot and I think that sparked a real interest in it, but I never really thought I could do it myself. It seemed like far too much responsibility, an far too difficult. 

Was it hard to find an apprenticeship?

I didn't do an apprenticeship. I wish I could have, but it wasn't an option for me. I would have learned properly and I wouldn't have the bad habits I have now. I learned on my own really, which is tough and very frustrating, I wouldn't recommend anyone to do it the way I have actually. Get an apprenticeship or don't bother. I had some great advice and guidance but I was flying blind from the start really. 

How many years have you been tattooing?

I've been tattooing for a year and four months or so. 

What inspires you most in your art?

I'm inspired from everything around me, from the music I listen to, the books I read and the films I love. I'm inspired by the hatred and darkness in the world. 

Who are some your favourite tattoo artists?

It's hard to say who isn't my favourite really. There's so many amazing artists out there who just kill it every time. But as a short list of the top of my head I'd say Mike Moses, Sneaky Mitch, Philip Yarnell, Richard Smith, Simon Erl, Gre Hale, Alexander Grim, Bradley Thompkins, Ron Henry Wells, Liam Sparkes, Joel Madberg, Duncan X, Grime... I could go on forever.....

How would you describe your tattoo style? 

Apparently I make "traditional surrealism" tattoos. So I've been told. 

What have you learned in your years in the industry?

I've learned that making people listen to Dragged Into Sunlight while they get tattooed can be mildly unsettling. Ask me again in ten years. 

What advice do you have to people considering careers in tattooing?

I cannot possibly give anyone any advice about a career in tattooing. Don't do it. 

What are some of the best things you have experienced as a result of your career?

The opportunity to travel and meet new people is fantastic. And the fact that people want my artwork tattooed on them just blows my mind.

Where do you currently tattoo?

I currently tattoo at The Circle tattoo in Soho, London. 

You can email me at

Thanks for this Renee! And thanks to Alex Young, Josh Hart, Simon Erl, Alan Graves and especially Nicola as without them I would still be working on a fucking building site.

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