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Everyone has a story. This guest post is by Joanna Bevan who works with Here To Islington. Here she interviews Chris Morris, tattoo artist at the Ohh My God Tattoo studio in Archway.¬†Find out how to contribute a guest post (or nominate a person to be interviewed) on islingtonfacesblog at the bottom of this post.
‚ÄúWe‚Äôre about putting fine art on to skin, a group of artists using the medium of tattooing,‚ÄĚ explains Chris Morris, 26, the newest member at Ohh My God tattoo studio on Junction Road, N7.¬† Despite being a basement, the d√©cor of the studio is clean and bright. Each tattooist – Juneid Ghamy, Bartosz Patowski and studio owner Levi Pinter ‚Äď has decorated their basement cove in their own independent style.
Until August last year (2013) the heavily tattooed Chris was living in Lampeter, Wales. Indeed it‚Äôs only a couple of years since he began to draw. ‚ÄúI was studying Ancient History at the University of Wales, and all my mates had gone home for the Christmas holidays. By that point I‚Äôd already had several tattoos and I just got myself a sketch book and started trying to design my own.‚ÄĚ
Drawing designs soon took priority over his studies. ‚ÄúI missed a lot of lectures, although I did manage to graduate eventually, despite turning up a day late for my final exam!‚ÄĚ
Chris admits he regrets most of the tattoos he had before the age of 21 (essentially the whole of his left arm, foot and leg), because ‚Äúthey were not really thought through‚ÄĚ.
Since uncovering his artistic flair his own work has significantly developed. ‚ÄúI love using bright colours and cartoons in my designs, my favourite piece to date is a graphical style blossom.‚ÄĚ
Despite having reservations about moving¬†from the Welsh countryside Chris feels at home in Islington.
‚ÄúLiving in Islington just feels like living in a town, but the great transport links mean you‚Äôre never more than a short bus ride from pretty much anything you could think of to do. People are friendly and welcoming, especially when they know I‚Äôm new in town, I was surprised to see how much of an identity Islington has and as a studio we‚Äôre now looking to link in more with artists and business networks in the area.‚ÄĚ
Chris Morris recommends:
Best after work pint: ‚ÄúThat would have to be the Oak and Pastor on Junction Road.‚ÄĚ
Islington Artwork: ‚Äú I still have a huge fascination with sculpture from my days of studying ancient Greece,and I love the Angel Wings artwork in the N1 Centre Angel‚ÄĚ
Where do you shop: ‚ÄėThe Archway/Holloway road triangle seems to sell almost everything, I only need to leave Islington when I want to play the tourist and visit a museum.‚ÄĚ
Chris‚Äôs top tip for any local residents considering getting a tattoo: ‚ÄúDo your research and take your time, personally out of principle I will never tattoo anything I think someone will live to regret.‚ÄĚ
About our guest post writer
This guest post was written by Joanna Bevan (photo above taken by Evgenia Kharitonova). Joanna has a background in community development and lives in Archway. She researched community resilience at the City University of New York. She speaks five languages and loves writing poetry and running marathons. ‚ÄúThe best thing about living in Islington is the huge amount of world cuisine on offer.‚ÄĚ Thanks to¬†Here To Islington¬†for linking islingtonfacesblog with Joanna Bevan.
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