SOUTH WOODFORD: Tattooist talks ink as parlour prepares to open

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AS South Woodford's first tattoo parlour prepares to open, tattooist Chris Howells talks to CLAIRE HACK about his work.

Viper Studio already has a presence in Ilford but is soon to open up shop in Chigwell Road, introducing South Woodford residents to the world of ink.

Tattooist and part-owner Chris Howells has been in the business for about six years and offers one-off designs to customers.

He said: “It's all art-orientated. A customer might come in with a specific piece they want and we draw everything up.

“We do everything from scratch.”

Mr Howells will be finishing off a sleeve, or full arm, tattoo for reality TV personality Jodie Marsh when she comes into the new store to open it officially tomorrow.

“It's things that are meaningful to her,” he said.

“She's got a portrait of Michael Jackson and a pair of fluffy handcuffs on there.”

He added that the shop gets a wide variety of customers of every nationality ranging from the youngest at 18 to the oldest at 76.

Mr Howells said: “We wanted to branch out into South Woodford as there isn't another studio around here for a good few miles.”

Viper Studio will also be opening a “tattoo academy” for budding tattooists and body piercers to come in and learn the trade.

Mr Howells said: “People will be able to come in for a couple of weeks to learn the basics and then go away to get a certificate of competence.

“They can then go off and start tattooing.”

Viper Studio will have its grand opening in Chigwell Road at 12pm tomorrow.

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2:22pm Mon 8 Feb 10

simonwesker says...

Wow the area has become so classy, maybe a pawn shop could be next followed by a 'soul food' restaurant
Wow the area has become so classy, maybe a pawn shop could be next followed by a 'soul food' restaurant simonwesker
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10:26pm Mon 8 Feb 10

MEL130 says...

All we need now is a few pound shops and cab offices selling fruit in bowls outside on the pavement.
All we need now is a few pound shops and cab offices selling fruit in bowls outside on the pavement. MEL130
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1:40am Tue 9 Feb 10

tattooschool? says...

Whilst giving free advertorial to this new get rich quick venture, did the paper not consider the risks involved? What are the legalities of teaching someone to tattoo in two weeks, arming them with a machine and needles and unleashing them on the world without health registration? Surely if there is no legal issue should there not be a moral one? I look forward to your reporting of the impending hepatitis outbreak.
Whilst giving free advertorial to this new get rich quick venture, did the paper not consider the risks involved? What are the legalities of teaching someone to tattoo in two weeks, arming them with a machine and needles and unleashing them on the world without health registration? Surely if there is no legal issue should there not be a moral one? I look forward to your reporting of the impending hepatitis outbreak. tattooschool?
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