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Alex

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About Alex

Alex Hobin (Al) joined the Sharp Art team as an apprentice – then became a full artist in 2016.

I got my first tattoo because one of my mates became a tattoo artist. More and more of my friends started getting tattooed by him so I thought fuck it – I’ll get one. I pretty much got hooked after that.

My first tattoos had a personal meaning – but now I’ve definitely moved away from that. I like tattoos because they’re art – they’re expressive. They used to be a rite-of-passage almost – but the culture’s shifted. Tattooing’s moved on a bit but they’re still sort of anti-establishment. I’ve never liked the idea of playing along with the system. I’ve always been into skating and surfing – a bit of a non-conformist.

I always knew I was going to draw and do something creative for a living. I got a BTEC in technical illustration, nearly went into scientific illustration but moved to graphics instead. I was always the illustrator – doing something creative for whichever company I worked for.

I’ve always been a fan of anime and comic characters – that illustrative quality is definitely reflected in my style. I use realism as my reference – my beginning – but it ends with a comic book look with the lines and stylization of the piece. I love tattooing animals and people – I think a lot of comics and computer games are character driven and that’s why I’m drawn to them. It’s interesting to do.

When it comes to tattooing I love that no two things are the same. It pushes you to reinvent your drawing, to experiment with composition and style so that every client gets something unique. I genuinely like how much people buzz off what you do for them – when I worked in graphics that was not the case at all it was so detached and just expected of you – whereas when someone gets a personal tattoo off you and they go away beaming it brings great job satisfaction.

I also like being my own boss. And the shop culture is great – you meet all sorts of people and that’s just as interesting as every design you create. It keeps you on your toes.

Alex's Swag

Alex's Gallery

Forgot to post this ninja turtles 🐢 tattoo I di Forgot to post this ninja turtles 🐢 tattoo I did a couple of days before lockdown kicked us all in the balls/fanny!
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Candy skull done recently💀💀💀🇲🇽🇲🇽🇲🇽.
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He’s got a pineapple on his head....(showing my He’s got a pineapple on his head....(showing my age there!) 🍍🍍🍍.
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80’s Dave tribute tattoo for a friend from last 80’s Dave tribute tattoo for a friend from last week 👨🏻‍🎤.
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Sneak peek at a medusa coverup piece I’m working Sneak peek at a medusa coverup piece I’m working on 🐍.
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