DARKSIDE PIERCINGS

EVERY HOLE IS A GOAL…

So come and check out some of the piercings and jewellery we have available at Black Moon.

You can email to book with Leigh via piercings@blackmoontattoos.com

We do not pierce under 14’s at all. 14-16 must be accompanied by parent or guardian to sign the consent and otherwise our policy is 16+

We have a range of jewellery available for fresh and healed piercings including various semi precious stones.

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APPRENTICE GAMES… 

05/07/2017
It’s been a fruity week. 

We let Amy loose on a grapefruit to get to grips with using a machine. 


We are often asked ‘how do you learn to tattoo?’ And this method of using fruit skin is not an uncommon starting point for most apprentices. 

(Myself, I actually jumped straight into my own thighs but that was pure stupidity and desperation to learn as fast as possible)

And as such… grapefruit, bananas, oranges etc are all common starting points for apprentices to get to grips with holding a machine whilst it runs. There are several brands of ‘fake skin’ usually in the form of dismembered body parts, skulls or sheets of flat skin. This is good, but hard to apply a stencil to and less like human skin than you would imagine from the look of it. It doesn’t move, feel or flex like skin, nor does it take the needle and ink as easily. 

After several attempts to apply a stencil in the ‘normal’ manner we came to the conclusion that the waxy exterior of the grapefruit needed to be washed and powdered to remove the residue and allow the design to stick. Scrunching up the stencil to allow it to become more flexible, on turn making it easier to apply to a spherical shape, we were able to get a fairly good carbon copy on the flesh of the fruit.

Amy flew into concentration mode, tattooing a peony flower, and we hardly heard a peep from her for the whole afternoon except to tell us how much she was enjoying it! 

Proud mentors we are, myself and Yoji watched as she created a very beautiful piece of floral art, or food, or art food. Whatever it was it was gorgeous! 


Keep checking in to see more fruit art! 🍊

Jodie and Amy are quite the ‘pear’ two in a melon and I wanna say that I love them ‘from ma head tomatos’. 

What. The. Fuck.

JB 

04/07/2017

As I mentioned in the previous update, one of the weekly tasks I have set for our apprentices is the ‘classic tattoo re-draw task’. Where I ask then to recreate a classic Sailor Jerry tattoo design but in their own style. Check out this BEAUTIFUL snake Amy did this week. 

I am in LOVE with this and would totally have it tattooed on me! 

She’s also been practising some more lettering:I’m not neglecting Jodie this week, she’s having a well deserved trip to NAS festival. These young kids, I am still recovering from last weekend and it’s Wednesday! 😂

Growing old is compulsory, growing up is optional. 

JB. 

30/06/2017

So… as you know we have two apprentices at Black Moon. Mad you say? Berserk? We say no… just twice the clean, twice the laughs and twice as many chances not to fuck them up completely 😂

To me having two is a really useful tool in encouraging the drive and ambition in them. It is obvious to me already that they consciously compare themselves to one another and encourage the best out of each other. 

Jodie has been apprenticing longer, whilst Amy has a longer history in creative industries, Jodie favours colour and Amy favours Blackwork, Jodie is tall Amy is short… you get the picture. They are different, and this is GREAT! Neither seems to resent or feel threatened by the other, at least they don’t let it show if they do feel that way, but I can sense the fire that each lights underneath the other. The competition. It’s exciting to watch them… And I couldn’t be more proud of these kids. 

 As a mentor you need to always be thinking of ways to develop your little seedlings, sprinkle them with miracle grow, encourage and nurture them into strong, sturdy and mindful artists. That ain’t always easy. Sometimes just trying to think up your own creative ideas is a stretch… 

BUT… On this occasion I think I have nailed it. 

After the daily cleaning, shopping, setting up, researching artists, coffee fetching and watching vice documentaries about the tattoo industry is done, the girls have three additional tasks to complete. 

  1. To re-draw a classic Sailor Jerry tattoo in their own style. 
  2. To re-draw one of the tattoos either myself, verity or Yoji has booked in and interpret it in their own unique way. 
  3. To do two or three words of lettering. 

For now, this is keeping them busy and they both seem really inspired to produce great artwork. 

JODIE: 


AMY: 

I will be setting new challenges for them as their  apprenticeships go on and making things harder and more exciting each time. Keep checking in to see what they get up to next! 

Make tea not war. 

JB

CONTACT INFO

To send a general enquiry please email enquiries@blackmoontattoos.com
For specific artists bookings:

  • Jo Black: joblack@blackmoontattoos.com

Jo has a questionnaire that requires completion before she can book you in. This will be sent as an auto reply to any email you send her. Please take a few minutes to complete this as it will allow a much faster booking process, emails regarding booking in will not receive a response until this is complete.

  • Jodie Young: jodie@blackmoontattoos.com

Jodie is our junior artist, she is extremely capable of many styles of tattooing already and better than a lot of local artists who have been tattooing a lot longer. She is currently charging £60 an hour.

KERRY STCLEMENT @kerrence_tattoos

Email: tattooedkerry@icloud.com

Kerry has been working in Bristol and came to Black Moon to expand her creative ability and develop her style. Come and see Kerry for cute girly traditional tattoos and bright colours!

Tel: 01373464699 / 07422665796

PIERCINGS: piercings@blackmoontattoos.com

Address:

Black Moon, Upper Floors, 7 Cheap Street, Frome, Somerset, BA11 1BN

BLACKWORK BY JO BLACK

Jo is really keen to do more of her incredibly detailed blackwork tattoos. If you are interested drop her an email on joblack@blackmoontattoos.com – here are some examples of a few pieces she has done recently 🙂

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We Are Open!

This month we officially moved into our new beautiful 17th Century building, and in true Black Inc style, or Black Moon as we are now called, we threw a party!

It was a roaring success and a perfect way to celebrate the change. Look out for the video we’ll be uploading soon documenting the whole process.

We do however want to thank everyone that came and everyone that’s helped us open our dream studio, we couldn’t have done it without you.

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Tattoo Tea Party

 

Last week Black Inc went to Tattoo Tea Party in Manchester. We love doing conventions as its a great way to meet new clients and artists from other areas and the after parties are fun too!

Unfortunately Verity was taken ill and had to go home early but the rest of the gang had a great weekend!

Here’s some tattoos that Jo did.

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We aren’t planning on doing any other conventions at the moment, but we are thinking about doing Ireland so keep your eyes peeled for any announcements.

To book in with Jo, Verity, Merry or Yoji, visit their pages!