Ink Rookie: Gemma May

Xavier in Tattoo Artists

You might be wondering and at the same time getting curious, just who is Gemma May.

Well, first things first, Gemma is a young artist from Great Manchester, England. She also models and tattoos here and there. For now, she's put tattooing on hold. But that's not stopping her from making art that we just can't wait to be brought to life on skin.
This gorgeous redhead initially caught our attention with her spectacular artworks blazing with Star Wars fandom and whatnot. We noticed her distinct style and how bad we want to see them on skin. And past her art and tattoos is a lady we won't mind seeing more of, either. Behind the machine and in front of the camera, she's someone to watch out for either way. Seriously hoping we'd convince Gemma to go through tattooing so we may see more of her works!

Holly Wright Photography
Holly Wright Photography
Charlotte Bird Photography
Charlotte Bird Photography

What got you into tattooing? I absolutely love the idea of immortalising my artwork on people's skin.

Gemma May / Instagram
Gemma May / Instagram
(This one's a marker sketch, though!) Gemma May / Instagram
(This one's a marker sketch, though!) Gemma May / Instagram

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Gemma May / Instagram

You've mentioned that you're still looking for an apprenticeship, tell us a bit about that part. It's been a tough journey, and it was upsetting that I had to leave it behind for a while. But I know I will get back to it soon, but there's so many paths I want to take. I do want to find myself the right studio, where I can learn, and progress, but things will happen when they should happen.

Gemma May / Instagram
Gemma May / Instagram
Gemma May / Instagram
Gemma May / Instagram
Gemma May / Instagram
Gemma May / Instagram
Gemma May / Instagram
Gemma May / Instagram

You have a very distinct art style, who are most of your influences?  My work has always been similar to what it is now, but obviously it has developed. I guess I found H.R. Giger very inspiring, as well as most of the weird Cartoon network shows I was glued to, and maybe the whole Ren & Stimpy [show]. I've always liked the gory, animorphic, weird side of life, that no one can control.

Gemma May / Instagram
Gemma May / Instagram
Gemma May / Instagram
Gemma May / Instagram

Aside from tattooing and art, what are your other interests?

I absolutely adore animé, Asian gore, gaming... Oh, and all the weird and wonderful sort of things.

Gemma May / Facebook
Gemma May / Facebook

We've read somewhere that you've also done a bit of modelling, tell us more about it. Yeah, I've just finished a set for Suicide Girls, and I've done bits and bobs about. It's good fun, and means I'm busy all the time.

SR Photography
SR Photography

What's in it for you in the future? Anything exciting you're working on? Hopefully, I will get myself into tattooing again, and I'm hoping to open a little shop/stall where I can sell my painted skulls, tees, prints. And also, further my art classes that I am teaching. Along with the comic conventions, too. The future is vast, who knows.

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When she's not writing for Tattoodo, Xavier likes experimenting with art and organizing local music shows. We're kidding, she's probably asleep. Follow her on Instagram @claudia_strife

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