The detail is eye-opening… Tattoo by Polish Dan
The detail is eye-opening… Tattoo by Polish Dan

These amazing pictures show how two York tattoo artists are creating walking works of art.

They were created by Polish Dan and Josh Dixon, of the True Colour Tattoo Sancturay on Clifford Street.

They shared some of their most intricate inkings to mark the arrival of the York International Tattoo Convention at York Racecourse.

Artists will be coming from all around the world to display their amazing and unusual work.

York International Tattoo Convention

York Racecourse

Sat Jun 18 @ 10am-9pm; Sun Jun 19 @ 10am-8pm

£15 for a day ticket, £25 for the weekend

More info

The convention will be home to a range of body piercings, competitions, live demonstrations and trade stalls selling alternative clothing, Mexican sugar skull tiles and ‘flowellery’ tree of life jewellery.

Local tattooists Dan Rooke from Rookstar Tattoos and Mark Thompson from Ruby Arts will be among those showing off their skills at the convention.

Tattoos by Polish Dan

Angry ape
Angry ape

Both Dan and Josh are in high demand as tattoo artists. Josh is not taking any new bookings until at least October and his earliest appointment is next January.

Dan specialises in realism, with an amazing talent for small detail. He believes that art is his way of life, spending all of his time outside of the tattoo parlour still drawing, painting and airbrushing.

A larger-than-life ant
A larger-than-life ant
Astonishingly lifelike eye
Astonishingly lifelike eye
Gorilla
Gorilla
Skull design
Skull design
Smoking
Smoking
Snakes
Snakes
Another eye
Another eye
Brilliant underwater effect
Brilliant underwater effect
Candles
Candles

Tattoos by Josh Dixon

Shhh…
Shhh…

Josh describes his work as realistic rather than stylised and enjoys dark and fantasy art the most. A lot of his inspiration for his designs comes from video games and films, and he also uses reference from fantasy fan art.

For Josh, working as a tattoo artist in York is ideal.

It’s more like working with friends than colleagues, and because I’m doing what I love it doesn’t feel like work.
The boy with the dragon tattoo
The boy with the dragon tattoo
Pensive gorilla
Pensive gorilla
Study of character
Study of character
Remarkable bird portrait
Remarkable bird portrait
Eastern promise
Eastern promise
Wolf
Wolf
Eagle
Eagle
May the force be with you
May the force be with you
A special smile
A special smile
Music man
Music man
Two dogs
Two dogs

One comment on “22 amazingly lifelike tattoos created by masters of the art in York

  1. Hi any suggestions as to best portrait tattoo artist in York as really want my partner tattoing on my chest.
    I know Dan not taking any more bookings and sadly returning to Poland but any others anyone can recommend for outstanding portraits?
    Regards and thanks
    Glenn

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