The Freehanded Blackwork of Curly Moore

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Tattooist Andreas “Curly” Moore has 95% of his body tattooed, including his partner Jacqui—together they are considered the “Most tattooed couple in Britain.” The artist has even used a mirror to ink his ear and other body parts. He’s been working in the tattoo field for over 20 years and has been on such high demand that customers wait up to a year to get a session with him. He’s old-school, freehanding all his elaborate black-ink designs on his clients, “dense and intense, with no help from stencils or bollocks computers,” he comments. From genitals to feet, he has inked a bit of everything over time; recently tattooing the neck and head of colleague Darryll Richards. You can also find Moore’s work published in “Black Tattoo Art 2.”

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Adriana (aka The Tattoo Journalist) is a Webby Award-winning designer, editor of Scene360, and author of this book. Acquiring 20 years of writing experience in fine arts, Adriana has dedicated much time to documenting tattooists' lives and work. She also contributes to Tattoo Kulture, Inked, TattooLife, and other publications. Follow the author @ Instagram and view more articles.

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