The tattoo convention leaves an indelible impression on visitors to the Telford event

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Craven Ink Tattoo Studio’s Noddy Goffin works on Greg Clent’s new tattoo

Tattoo Freeze brought enthusiasts and artists from across the country to the city for the two-day convention.

For some it was a chance to add to a range of inks, for others their very first, while others were looking for inspiration.

Greg Clent from Ludlow got his first tattoo when he was 15. This weekend, 17 years later, he had an impressive Japanese-inspired piece of art on his leg.

The snake and flower design was inked by Noddy Goffin of Craven Ink, Ludlow.

“My first was a tribal bank on my arm,” he said.

Visitors took advantage of the convention to add more art to their bodies

“As soon as I got one, I knew I had to get more. It’s the artwork I love and I’m drawn to Japanese art. It took more than three hours to go, but you walk away.”

The tattoo artist, Noddy, got his own first ink when he was 19 and settled into his business a year later.

“I left school with only my maths and art exams, but I’m in my 20th year running my own business, first at Welshpool, then at Craven Arms, and now at Ludlow. I spent 20 years doing something I love.”

He said a lot of people got tattoos because they were self-aware.

“It’s a way of decorating their bodies,” he said.

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“Recently we’ve had people come in to cover up their self-harm scars. It’s so good to be able to help them.”

Liam Osbourne specializes in dark inks at his Vivid Ink studio in Broseley. He was doing an AI-based tattoo with a robotic arm on client Jack Watkins.

Jack, 24, from Stourbridge got his first tattoo in lockdown.

“It’s very addictive, I don’t know why,” he said.

“Yes it hurts but the more you have the less it hurts.”

Birmingham-based Vivid Ink’s Liam Osborne tattoos Stourbridge’s Jack Watkins.

Visitors included those from Telford, like Beth Grosvenor who wasn’t looking for a tattoo.

“I wanted inspiration for designs for our home and bought some beautiful prints,” she said.

Those traveling from further afield included Kat Graham and his girlfriend, Julia from Darlaston near Newcastle.

“I have my own studio, Wicked Ink, so we came to network. But we decided to make it a weekend in Telford.”

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