First things first – you are one hell of a cool guy! Do you get told that often? I mean, it wouldn’t surprise us… Ha ha cheers! Ermmmmm yeah, I get told it a fair bit to be honest and it’s always very flattering. I’m just me and I’ve created what is seen by others with my own vision and determination, so to be told it from people on social media, people in the streets or wherever I am, from people of all ages, races, gender, etc. then it’s always a humbling moment.
You do a fair bit of modelling work. Do you feel that being so heavily inked helps with that? Completely, society’s outlook on tattoos is forever changing – for the better – and more and more brands are targeting tattooed people for their campaigns, so me being heavily tattooed definitely helps me stand out and gain work with brands and photographers.
Speaking of your tattoos, you have quite the collection! Where did it all begin? 18-years-old was when it all started. I remember I didn’t go to college that day and went and got a tattoo instead. I clearly remember my mum calling me and she could hear I wasn’t in my usual place so she asked where I was and I replied: “Getting a tattoo”. Then there was a long pause on the phone from her. Still makes me laugh now!
As a kid I remember my dad having a massive eagle on his back that I used to trace with my finger when I was like 3 or 4-years-old – it fascinated me. I was massively into art as well so I always knew I’d have a lot, maybe not as many as I’ve got now but the seed was planted from a young age and the rest as they say is history.
I remember I didn’t go to college that day and went and got a tattoo instead. I clearly remember my mum calling me and she could hear I wasn’t in my usual place so she asked where I was and I replied: “Getting a tattoo”
Tattoos are really popular now, do you see this as a good or bad thing? Tattoos are always a good idea, biased opinion obviously, but yeah, because it allows an individual to be self-expressive and unique. Like for me it’s a way of expressing myself without the need for words. This is my canvas and I’m painting my masterpiece.
You also have mad football skills. Have you always been into football and sport? I lived for football as a youngster. I’d be one of them kids that would kick a stone all the way home if I didn’t have a ball on me but too many injuries, so I now spend most of my time in the tattoo chair rather than on the pitch, ha ha!
So who’s your football team? Even though everybody pretty much loves Leicester right now* (unless you’re a Spurs fan, of course!)… I’m an Arsenal fan – for my sins – but the Leicester story was remarkable and even though we finished second – but I’m glad it was to them on what was an impossible dream come true and probably won’t happen again, just like when we went the whole season unbeaten.
Read the full interview in issue 48
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Words by AJ | Photography by Thomas-James Fisher
*Obviously this went out at the end of last season’s Premier League…