interview with Will Dixon | Uk | tattoo realism | style 16/02/2016

Will Dixon is a 27 year old tattoo artist from South Wales, UK. He is currently tattooing at Imperial tattoo company In Bath, England, UK. When I first became aware of Will’s work, what amazed me the most was his ability to be expertly accomplished at so many different styles. It’s like every style of tattoo is his preferred style. It’s not often that you see such a talented all-rounder in this age of tattooing. Every artist seems to only want to do what they like best.

Q: Hi Will, can you give us a brief history of how you got to where you are today?
A: Growing up in the South Wales valleys was tough and being bullied was the norm for most of my school years. I’ve been tattooing for just over seven years, but art has always played a huge part in my life. From a young age, my mum encouraged both me and my sister with art and being creative. I remember sitting, watching her draw and paint, longing to be able to do the same. It wasn’t until I was around thirteen, after being introduced to H.R Giger and Todd McFarlane’s Spawn that my passion for art began. After completing my A levels, I moved away from the Valleys and began my degree in graphic design at the University of Wales, Newport. I was 20 years old when I began my tattoo apprenticeship and other than working at a video games store, it’s all I’ve known as a working adult.

Q. What made you get into tattooing? What art forms did you experiment in prior to tattooing?
It’s difficult to say if there was a single factor that pointed me in the direction of tattooing. A combination of early memories, visiting tattoo studios with my dad, the style of artwork that interested me and the long to pursue a career in the arts, definitely made tattooing irresistible. During my A levels, I experimented with numerous medias and styles but found myself returning to bright bold graffiti stuff time and time again. Acrylic paint and colored pencils have always lent themselves well to the way I work; these were the key players in the art I created in my younger years.

 

Q: How did you get your break in the tattoo industry?
A: During my time at university, I got my first tattoo done at Quadey’s No Regrets, Newport. We instantly bonded and I returned time and time again for larger on going pieces. After mentioning to him that I was interested in becoming a tattooist, and showing him that I could draw more than just a swallow or a rose he took me on as an apprentice.

Q: I'm always on the lookout for artists that are doing different things in the industry. Where do you get your ideas and inspiration?
A: I’ve always found controversy extremely inspiring. Nature and wildlife have also been a key source of inspiration. I guess the combination of the two equate to what I put down on paper and skin.

Q: How best would you describe your style of tattooing?
A: Rounded. I tend not to focus too much on one particular style, I enjoy tattooing as a whole and try and put my hand to as many styles as I can.

Q: What makes the perfect customer for you?
A: An open minded intellectual that has the pain tolerance of a martyr and the patience of a saint.

Q: Besides tattooing, do you have any other interests/hobbies?
A: I have a fascination with anything two wheeled. Cycling has always played a huge part in my life, from BMX to downhill to cross-country riding in recent years. After passing my motorcycle test last year and buying my first Harley Davidson, motorcycles have become one of my keen interests.

Q: Are you working any of the conventions this year?
A: As it stands, I haven’t any planned. I’m hoping to do a lot more next year. I’d love the opportunity to work the Brighton and Scottish convention!

Q: If you weren't a tattoo artist, what would you be doing as a career?
A: That’s a tricky one. I’ve always had my heart set on tattooing and never given much thought to anything else. Automotive painting and airbrush art has always interested me and recently I’ve developed the urge to learn to weld.

Q: In your work you use some really vibrant colors. Which brand of inks do you use?
A: Mostly Eternal an Intenze. I find Eternal are great for the darker, earthier tones and intense for the brighter.


Q: Which artists do you respect most in the industry?
A: Quadey will forever have my upmost respect, we’ve been through thick and thin over the years, but he’s always supported me and I owe a lot to him. Billy Hay and Mitchell Allenden are both dudes I massively look up to. Their work continues to blow my mind! My good friend Steve Bates welcomed me into the studio I’m currently at, and continues to encourage and support what I do, so a big thanks to him!
To see more of Will’s work you can go to;
www.instagram.com/weirdwilldixon
www.facebook.com/WeirdWillDixonTattoos
www.facebook.com/imperialtattoocompany

Thanks so much for the interview.
All my best,
Jason Walker