I started tattooing in 2007, previous to this I was a ventilation engineer for 20 years. I studied art at school and failed miserably gaining a 'U' grade, the lowest you can be given. I was told my drawings were 'too realistic' which apparently isn't what art was about so I left and went to work with my friend who had his own firm. When the recession hit I looked for work elsewhere and was offered a job as a tattoo apprentice by Jim Gambell. I learned to tattoo at his studio, Ritual Art in Kent and was there for 7 years. Upon leaving I moved to Scotland's capital city, Edinburgh. I opened my studio 'Semper' in 2015 in the city's historical Grassmarket situated beneath Edinburghs famous castle. I am a realism artist specializing in portraits. Sometimes it feels like a dream making a living doing what I love and living and working in such a famous and beautiful location. I am truly blessed.