We’re lucky to have everyones favourite rebel working at Brighton Tattoo Convention on Sunday. From fronting the infamous Gallows, Pure Love and Now Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes, to tattooing at London’s own Sang Bleu, we talked to Frank himself about his tattoos, art and music.
A lot of people have found your tattooing through being fans of your bands, but you work and have worked at some of the most prestigious shops in the world, how did you start your tattoo career?
I started by getting tattooed at a lot of great shops regularly. I was in Frith Street and The Family Business almost every weekend hanging out and trying to get them to remember my name. I had an appointment with Steve Byrne one day at Frith Street and I had brought a portfolio of flash with me and I asked him if he would take a look. He liked it and showed everyone there by the time I got home I had an email from Thomas Hopper telling me to go back the next day to talk to the boss and the rest is history.
With Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes, you painted individual album covers for blossom and from the outside seems like you’re finally incorporating your two worlds together, was that intentional?
Yeah I foolishly thought it would be good to make 100 different variants of the album cover. People really loved the idea and then I realised I had to execute it. It took a few months to paint them all but in the end I was incredibly proud of it all. I think tattooing and punk rock and roll have gone hand in hand for such a long time it would be stranger if I didn’t try to make them both so prominent in my life. This is definitely the most explicit I’ve ever been with it though.
Your style has naturally progressed and changed over the years, what and who have inspired these changes?
I’m inspired by the people I’m surrounded by. The experiences in my life, the places I have travelled. That and I’m naturally quite curious and want to explore everything that life has to offer so it’s nice to constantly be pushing the boundaries of what you know.
You’re working with Sang Bleu at the convention under Ink & Electric, is this a new project? Whats does the future hold for it?
Ink and Electric is a project I have been working on for the past year, trying to really make sure the quality and consistency was at a level I could be really proud of. Now it’s been running for a year I’ve decided to open it up to other artists and help them publish their work on a larger scale and offer prints to their fans at an affordable price for a beautiful product. We will be adding lots of new artists to the roster over the next year and I’m really excited to see where we can take it. At the minute it’s growing very slowly but we just made some prints for Emily Malice and they did better than expected so it’s the start of something really promising.
What are you looking forward to about Brighton?
Everything, I love Brighton and have always enjoyed tattooing there. But mostly I’m looking forward to seeing old friends and being by the sea with my love.
What can we expect from you there? Are you doing flash? Walk ups?
No idea yet! I’ll probably take walk ups all day on the Sunday but I’m trying to take it easier than usual and just enjoy my time down there!
Catch Frank at booth 12 on Sunday, and catch Frank Carter and The Rattlesnakes on their European tour, dates below.