Smallman Syndrome - 195

Published: 25 March, 2011 - Featured in Skin Deep 195, February, 2011

One man’s tragic obsession with the sillier side of tattooing...

Hello fellow tattoo fans, hope all is well with you.

Seems the coolest thing to do this month (pun definitely intended) is to talk about Tattoo Freeze in Telford.  Was a cracking weekend and it’s nice to have something to look forward to so early in the year.  I had a blast (as I always do at conventions) and it was great to see some familiar faces and meet some new people too.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a convention without me getting tattooed, so I took the opportunity to have the awesome Matt Hugill from Tattoo UK do me a matching Streetfighter piece on the back of my right leg – especially as he’d done such a great job with my Akuma piece back at Tattoo Freeze 2010.  It’s such an abstract piece and he’s done a great job on it – you can see from the photographs in this article how great it looks completed, and also how different it looked at the outline stage.  More than a few people wandered by wondering what it was a couple of hours in, but the second it was finished I had people coming up to me and complimenting me on how awesome Vega looks.  I’m seriously pleased with it, thanks again to Matt.  Now to decide which Streetfighter characters to have on the front of my legs... (it has to be Blanka surely – Ed!)

As always it was a pleasure for me to host the awards and get to be onstage and up close to so many great tattoos on both days.  It’s not just the quality of the tattoos that I saw on offer that astounded me, but also the creativity in terms of the ideas behind them.  Some made me giggle too – you’ll see pictures in next months supplement), but the portrait of Bricktop (from the movie Snatch – catchphrase “in the words of the Virgin Mary, come again?”) and the lightbulb full of Nemo characters really stood out for me.

As I was being tattooed I had to stop a guy to talk to him about his arm – I thought I was one of very few to have a video game sleeve, but as you can see from the pictures you’re not likely to see many better than the one belonging to Ted Burrows of Winchester.  The amazing work was done by Tommy at No Regrets in Cheltenham, and I would have high fived Ted but I was having the back of my knee inked at the time and wasn’t as upbeat as I could have been!

On a final note, was especially nice to meet various people who have submitted their silly ink to me – both artists and canvases.  Was also pretty cool to have more than one person come up to me and say “you’re the comedian dude who is obsessed with daft tattoos, right?  Check THIS out!”

My job is the greatest. Don’t forget to keep on submitting your amusing tattoos – and I’ll print the most awesome ones each month.

Now to get back to limping around on a half healed leg...

Twitter: @jimsmallman


Text: Jim Smallman


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