The Skeleton Society - Toni Moore

Published: 17 September, 2012 - Featured in Skin Deep 216, September, 2012

Toni Moore is fast becoming one of the most recognisable faces out there for great tattoo work. Our man Scott Cole happened to be passing by at quite an opportune moment and returned with the swag you see here before you.

It’s always quite a big deal when a tattoo artist gets hit by the idea that they should host their own art show – in this case, it was long overdue. With Toni’s work mounting up behind her and a good buzz in the community, what eventually came to pass was a collection of paintings and drawings at Walcot Chapel, Bath, as Toni’s first exhibition ran in a ‘for one week only’ slot. And with the results being better than even she expected, we can certainly be hopeful for more just like this in the future.

With Toni already having achieved much that most would want to achieve during a full tattoo career – being featured in magazines, working top tattoo shows and working with some of the best in the business – she is determined to simply keep climbing. Many believe that women hold the key to the future of the art by racing ahead with great ideas and overtaking the established, possibly jaded, elements of tattoo art with new, fresh ideas that only women could bring. If that really is the case, then Toni is just the woman to watch.

For now though, we’ll leave her to bask in her self-created sun and this great shoot from the lens of Mr Cole. Lap it up children!

You can keep up with Toni’s regular blog over at

And of course, lest we forget, you can always get yourself booked in for tattooing at Finally, if you want to get in touch with Ms Moore yourself – you can reach her right here:

“The skull was sourced from Barber DTS and was painted with acrylic – it looks awesome in the shop. When people are sitting around for four or five hours they notice new pieces; I like that we have new pieces going up all the time – I think it’s important.” – Toni

“I definitely think that doing artwork outside of tattooing has benefited my work; you learn more about what colours work well together, explore different references and develop your own style. People can see what kind of things you like to do as well. I am now posting more of my own personal artwork online which customers are now requesting to have tattooed on them, which is awesome.”– Toni

“My Dad loves all the tattoo scene. He used to hate it – he has had a massive about-turn. He got tattooed when he was a lot younger; I think his tattoos are awesome, but he hates them. I think he thought it was going to be all the same and that I was going to regret them, that I might just go down the local shop and get some little tweety bird on my boob or something!” – Toni


Text: Sion Smith: Photography: Scott Cole


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