Clare Frances

London

Sunday 8th May 2016

Name, what do you do?
Clare Frances, Tattooer, London

Where are you from?
I grew up in Staines, a place where dreams go to die on the M25

Describe your style in 3 words
Rebellious, Dark and DIY

How does living in London/UK affect your work?
London has always been my home, having run away for some years, the last two years have felt like a homecoming and forced me to face myself. As much as I have always had a love/hate relationship with it, London is where I can be myself.

What's the best thing about being a tattoo artist in 2016?
It feels like there are big things happening in tattooing right now, being part of it is both scary and exciting. Social media has also made the world much smaller for tattooers, I'm not sure how long it will last but right now it's amazing.

How would you describe your tattoo style?
I take a lot of influence from DIY/punk, not just visually but also in the way I work. I like dark, rough themes but also really enjoy more delicate tattoos and experimenting with script. I don't want to limit myself to one look, but to explore themes through my work. They will always have my style as long as I put my hand to them.

Tell us the story behind your favourite tattoo?
I can't choose a favourite! I recently got my knee tattooed from Alex Binnie, so that's my favourite one right now.

How did you get into tattooing?
I was lucky enough to do an old school apprenticeship in New Zealand.

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