Mitchell Toy — Department of Internet
Roll up your sleeves. Roll up your sleeves.
THEY’RE needle-slinging artists, body canvas masters, shooting smart blasts of brilliance nobody surpasses. You think you’ve seen skin sleeves meaner than these? The most supremely pretty ink this city’s ever conceived.
The Herald Sun Department of Internet brings you some of Melbourne’s most spectacular tattoos; the culmination of countless ours of work from tattoo artists whose veins run with ink.
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A generation ago, a parent might have a fit if their son or daughter expressed an interest in becoming a tattoo artist, then synonymous with uni dropouts, crime association and dark designs worthy of the occult.
Now perceptions are a bit different.
Justin Acca of Devils Ink Tattoo in Newport, an ink artist for 14 years, combined a lifelong passion for drawing with formal training at the VCA and more short courses at tech schools.Now he specialises in full-sleeve and full-back or front tattoos, meticulously inking inch by inch to form spectacular scenes on clients’ blank-canvas skin. Melbourne’s most awe-inspiring ink By Victims of Ink, Chapel St, www.victimsofink.com.au“For a back piece it can take seven or eight sittings, and each of those is a three or four-hour session,” he said.Full sleeve tattoos take a similar amount of time and become a pressure test in patience and stamina.Clients can have exacting standards and specific designs to work with. But often the topic is left to Mr Acca.“If I can decide on the topic, normally I go with mystique, the unknown and darker themes,” he said. By Victims of Ink, Chapel St, www.victimsofink.com.au By Victims of Ink, Chapel St, www.victimsofink.com.au“They tend to be darker themes.“After doing it for long enough, you start to stylise everything you see.”But what about the pain?“For every tattoo, I talk to […]