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About Nick

Nick Carroll is the founder and owner of Sharp Art Studios and has been tattooing since 2011.

I wanted tattoos early on when I was a kid. They were cool and I wasn’t allowed to get them – and I wanted to do things I wasn’t allowed to do. I was 15 when I got my first one – a piece of tribal shit straight off the wall. Got a bit woozy and had to stop half way through! I’m pretty covered now though – got all sorts – traditional, neo-traditional, Japanese, Maori, covered most of the old tribal up. My favourite is a tattoo of a picture my daughter drew of our dog. She was about 4 when she drew it and I think it won “best worst tattoo” in NUTS magazine once – but I love it.

I was a guinea-pig for one of my friends who was training to be a tattooist. We’d both been good at art in school so after a while I thought yeah I can do this too. I had another job at the time which I hated – after a few years of tattooing at home I realised I was getting better and better at tattoos and hating my other job more and more. So I thought fuck it and started planning to open my own studio.

I love doing big tattoos. The bigger the better. I enjoy doing realistic portraits of both animals and people – portraits are intense and challenging – you can’t get it wrong. It makes them even more rewarding to do. Then I also love tattooing weird stuff and neo-traditional Japanese designs – I can be more creative and expressive. In contrast to portraiture – I can use big, bold, fat lines and colour large areas in. I’d like to do more collaborative work too – that’d be interesting.

I like using teal, pink, burnt oranges – autumnal colours and loads of black. They sit in the skin well and if you experiment with colour you get a tattoo that’s a bit off the norm that you see on everyone else.

Tattooing as a job is mega. I get to hurt people for money! Ha. I like the social side of it too – the banter – laughing at people. But seriously – tattooing means I can express myself and be creative. I get to give someone something for the rest of their life – and that’s pretty awesome.

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Nick's Gallery

Lovin’ the progress on this geo sleeve I’m wor Lovin’ the progress on this geo sleeve I’m working on... I think Ross is one of the bravest clients I know..... 🤔
Heres a cover up I did recently over 2x 4hrs sessi Heres a cover up I did recently over 2x 4hrs sessions. We can cover almost anything nowadays so all is not lost! Anyone out there need a cover up? I’m sure there are a few British bulldogs circa 1990 still out there?  Or even tribal 🙄🔫 ??
Little Hannibal number going on here.. thanks for Little Hannibal number going on here.. thanks for looking guys 😎
This Maori inspired sleeve was completed in 4 full This Maori inspired sleeve was completed in 4 full days and a half day.. Chris flew over from the Isle of man and completed the sleeve with 2 full day sessions back to back. Hat off to anyone who can deal with that!
Completed this one over a few short sessions.. pos Completed this one over a few short sessions.. possible background to follow.... 🐉
Photo realism Iguana completed in around 20 hours Photo realism Iguana completed in around 20 hours on my very own @lozatsharpartz loved doing this! Anyone want any photo realism DM me... Thanks for looking peeps 🤙
Marvin Gaye, part of a tribute back piece I’m wo Marvin Gaye, part of a tribute back piece I’m working on, this part was 2, 4 hour sittings.... thanks for looking guys 😎

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