How long have you been doing this work?
I have been tattooing for four years now.
Amanda Ruby, article and photo gallery in Tattoo.1 Tribal #67
Look at Amanda Ruby’s tattoos, visit the tattoo gallery
[ This interview was collected on February 2012 – Ed. ]
Who taught you?
I did an apprenticeship at Squidink Tattoo under the guidance of Robin Reeve-Jones, although I think you teach yourself as everyone tattoos differently!
Are there any tattoo artists that you consider as your mentors or major influences on your career?
Not really, I’ve just admired many artists from afar but none have particularly influenced my work.
What was the first tattoo you ever did?
The first tattoo I did was a butterfly on a friend of mine. I still see her and the tattoo still looks fine!
And what was the first that you got on your own skin?
My first tattoo was actually a colour butterfly too! It’s now covered up as it was 20 years old and didn’t look good.
What inspires your art?
I love Tibetan art, Victorian art and just beautiful shapes I see in anything.
How much does the person getting the tattoo influence your creation?
People tend to let me do my own style.
They give me an idea eg. a skull, but just say ‘Do what you want with it’ so let me do my own creation. People come to me for what i do so thats what they get!
How important are the colours and machines in the creation of a tattoo?
I don’t use colour much as I prefer black and grey.
My machines have different uses, some are harder hitting, some softer, so depends on the design, detail etc. as to which machine i’ll use.
Can you briefly describe your technique?
I like to combine realism with pattern work so hopefully produce something unusual.
I use smaller needles, long tapered with fine pins, they work for my style.
What do you like best about your job?
I love creating the design then seeing it come to life on the skin, it takes time and patience but it’s worth the end result!
What are you working on at the moment?
I’m booked up for 10 months so have lot’s to work on.
I’m doing a convention this weekend so it’s a skull and a Geisha I’m working on at the moment!
What is your philosophy?
You need to work at what you do to succeed, things don’t just come to you, if you put the work in you will see the rewards in time!
@ Squidink Tattoo
Folkestone, Kent (England)
official website: www.amandaruby.com