Neutral grew up with strong, creative women throughout her life, and pays gratitude to the inspiring women, femmes, and queer people she continues to be surrounded by. What is your name, birthplace, and year of birth? Grace Neutral, and I was born in Dubai in Where did you grow up?
Please describe your upbringing and sociocultural background. Then I moved around London and Bristol from the age of 13, settling in London independently from the age of Where do you currently work? Prior to that, where Grace Neutral you worked? I work in my own studio in east London called Femme Fatale, which houses ten artists and some regular guests. How long have you been tattooing? Starting off in Soho in the busy west end and then moving through a few different shops in east London.
What inspired you to learn tattooing, and how did you initially learn how to tattoo? I had always been creative, used lots of different mediums, and played around with my creativity in whatever capacity it came out. I was also getting tattooed Grace Neutral Xed around this time and he was one of the first people who showed me a thing or two about hand poke tattooing.
Were you trained through a formal apprenticeship? Describe the circumstances of learning. The studio where I was doing body piercing is where I did an apprenticeship with a very reputable polish woman called Ala who was very involved in the London piercing and body modification industry. Through my knowledge of piercing and being in a tattoo studio every day, I was able to absorb the basic knowledge of a clean tattoo setup, and then through meeting people like Xed I was able to manifest a decent starting block for my tattoo career.
Have you previously studied art in an institutional setting? If so, what level of training did you reach and in what disciplines? My mother is a silk painter and also does batik, and her sister is a sculptor, so I have been bought up with some very creative women who always encouraged me when it came to art.
I left school at 15 and went to art college to study fine art and photography, but dropped out after about a year I was never a fan of school and a classic structured teaching setting was never appealing to me. After that I did a course in prosthetics and special effects makeup which I managed to finish and out of it got a job as a sculptor at Madame Tussauds. How did you develop your style?
How would you describe it? What are your influences? My style of tattooing is all inspired by nature flora and the things I have seen on psilocybin vision quests. Trying to breakdown the blue print of the universe and recreate it through my tattooing has been such a pleasurable journey and task.
Have Grace Neutral had or do you have plans to take on apprentices? I apprenticed my partner who expressed to me his dream of tattooing. So, for the past two years I have been teaching him all I know about hand poke tattooing. What do you look for in a shop?
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I have worked in a lot of amazing shops over the years and each place had so many qualities that I took away and applied to my own studio. The main goal when I opened Femme Fatale two years ago was to create an environment that was safe, fun and an inclusive experience for everyone, whether you, are a seasoned veteran of tattooing or coming to get your first, I wanted everyone to be treated with the same respect. What inspires you generally? I also am blessed to be around so many inspiring women, femmes, and queer people on Grace Neutral daily basis, who teach me new lessons of love and Grace Neutral crucial to my growth in self-love and gaining a higher consciousness.
Are any other forms Grace Neutral media, traditional or digital, important to your work? Having a free online portfolio that anyone can access at any time is an incredible tool for all of us tattooers to possess.
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Is traveling important to you? If so, where do you usually travel? Do you have any interesting experiences abroad that you can share? Travelling has been a massive part of my growth as a person and as an artist. Traveling the world and working with so many different artists in so many different cultural settings has made a massive impact on me as Grace Neutral tattooer and creative.
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I have been doing guest spots all over the world for seven to eight years. I also had the privilege to travel Grace Neutral world specifically to learn about the cultural differences within tattooing. Through this I got to experience traditional Maori tattooing and traditions in Grace Neutral Zealand, hang out with chicano gangsters and learn the origins of fine line black and grey tattooing.
What is the main challenge of tattooing today?
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The main Grace Neutral of tattooing today is simply being noticed. Through over exposure in the media, tattooing has lost a lot of its secrets and magic—which is what I am trying to reignite in my day to day life. Ideally, how would you like to see tattooing evolve? How do you think it will evolve realistically?
For me personally, I wish for a happy medium of both. What should people expect?
An interview with GRACE NEUTRAL – Sang Bleu
This book will be a time capsule of some of my designs from the past five years. I just want it to be a source of eye candy for anyone who might be seeking some symmetrical dreams. What was your aim with the book? What were you thinking about when you first conceived the idea? The aim of this book was to create something that indulges your vision and feels good on Grace Neutral fingertips.
Being able to have a beautiful capsule of all my creative outbursts gives me Grace Neutral huge sense of pride and belonging. Why do you think printed publications are important in the tattoo world? Do you have any ideas for future publishing projects?