Dark Arts: Alex Underwood

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EXPLORING THE UNIQUE ART OF THE TATTOO

THE DARK ARTS

01 / FEATURING THE WORK OF ALEX UNDERWOOD

 

Queen Marie came down recently so see my latest tattoos, done by Stephen Kelly from Bath Street Tattoo Collective. I was telling her what my plans were for my next few tattoos, which will be my other hand and my thigh, and talked about perhaps getting a ram skull and she was duly horrified. For me though, tattoos are best when they're darker themed and black and grey. I decided against the ram skull in the end, well for these two chosen spots anyway, but I am naturally much more drawn to these kind of motifs.

It's been years since I featured a tattoo artist on the blog so I thought every once in awhile, on a more regular basis, I'll share some of my own favourite tattoo artists from Glasgow and further afield, some of whom have tattooed me and others who's work I just admire.

 

 

I want to begin with Alex Underwood. Alex is currently tattooing at Rock 'n' Roll Tattoo here in Glasgow. Most of my own tattoos were done in this studio but before Alex was a team member so I haven't personally been tattooed by Alex as yet.

Alex began tattooing full time in 2015 after gaining an apprenticeship with Rock 'n' Roll. He had been studying for a digital art honours degree before deciding to become a tattoo artist.

 
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His work is incredibly accomplished for someone who's only being doing it for a few years. Focusing on intricate black work with darker themes, his exploration of animals in particular blows me away. His pieces are incredibly detailed and I feel his illustrative style translates best into larger, showcase pieces where all that detail can truly come to life. I personally would love one of his beautiful raven tattoos.  

Well, I still have plenty of skin left...

If you'd like to be tattooed by Alex, email him at alexunderwoodtattoo@gmail.com.

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