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Limitless Learning - Tattoo Apprentice Series: Steph White Interview

A new series of interviews in which I chat to some of the UK's up-and-coming tattoo artists.

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Meet a handful of the UK's finest tattoo apprentices and hear about their artistic journey so far in the industry.

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I'm always featuring tattoo work by the biggest and best - the guys that have been doing this for decades and have established themselves within their industry and style...

But what about the tattooists of tomorrow - the artists in their first few years of learning and growing?

I thought it was important to showcase their work too, in a series of interviews with UK tattoo apprentices. 

The title 'Limitless Learning' is inspired by a quote from the first artist I spoke to in the series:

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Meet the second tattooist in this interview series... Stephanie White. Steph tattoos at Cock A Snook in Newcastle and has been tattooing for 1 year.


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1. Tell me how it all started for you?

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I got my first tattoo on my 18th birthday and after that started getting tattooed on a regular basis, getting friendly with everyone in the studio. 

A job became available in that studio as a shop manager so I applied and was successful. Whilst working as a shop manager I became more and more interested in becoming a tattooist.

Sadly the shop I was working in wasn't interested in having an apprentice but I was adamant that was what I wanted to do, so I started looking for available apprenticeships in the area. Luckily an apprenticeship was available in a very reputable studio so I jumped at the chance. 

I introduced myself to Kerry-Anne (the owner of Cock A Snook). She looked through my portfolio and I was offered my apprenticeship.

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Adventure Time tattoo flash by Steph White #StephWhite #AdventureTime #Jake #flash (Photo: Instagram)

2. What has been the most rewarding part of your journey so far?

To be honest the whole of my apprenticeship has been amazing. I was taken on alongside a second apprentice, Adam, and because of this we have equally shared the rubbish every-day jobs. 

Many people have struggled through their apprenticeships and have had a tough time; having someone else that is making the same journey as you, to support you and encourage you, has been amazing.

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3. And what has been the biggest challenge?

The biggest challenge will forever be my own criticism. The constant feeling that you could have done that better is something that I feel will never leave me. In a way, though I don't ever want that to go away, I want to constantly feel challenged. My work as an artist will never progress if I don't feel challenged anymore.

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4. Looking back, anything you’d do differently?

I don't think there is anything I would have done differently. Maybe in some lights I would feel annoyed I didn't enter this industry earlier, but everything for me at the time of getting my apprenticeship worked out really well.

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Basil the Great Mouse Detective tattoo by Steph White StephWhite Disney BasiltheGreatMouseDetective (Photo: Instagram)
Basil the Great Mouse Detective tattoo by Steph White #StephWhite #Disney #BasiltheGreatMouseDetective (Photo: Instagram)
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Chinese zodiac tattoo flash by Steph White StephWhite Chinese zodiac chinesezodiac (Photo: Instagram)
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5. Tell us three tattoo artists you look up to.

Claudia De Sabe, Caio Pineiro, Jan Willem.

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6. Who have you learnt the most from?

I have been lucky enough to work in a busy studio with many resident artists and guest artists that are more than happy to help me. If I was to pinpoint a definite person though it would be Paul Fulton... from stencils to machines, he was able to help me with anything.

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Follow Steph White on Instagram to explore more of her work.

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