I recently caught up with Jane Laver of Chapel St. Tattoo, Melbourne. It seems like i’ve been featuring a lot of female tattooists from Australia of late, it’s not that I don’t like mixing it up or that I am in any way biased toward Australian tattooers, but this country boasts some amazing artists, and I feel that by not sharing them with you all, I am doing you some what of a disservice.
You would be right in thinking that Melbourne is the tattoo Mecca of Australia, it’s crazy that so much talent is jammed into one city, and Jane is definitely at the forefront of that talent!
Chapel Tattoo is located at 155 Chapel St. Windsor Victoria Australia – This studio hosts some of the finest artists in the country, and if you are looking for traditional work, you can’t go past it!
For those who don’t know, can you tell us a bit about who you are and what you do?
How does a typical day in your life usually unfold?
What initially got you involved in art, and how did that lead you in to becoming a tattooist?
Favourite medium to work with apart from tattooing and why?
Who taught you to tattoo, and how have they had any effect on your style today?
And in saying that, how have your styles evolved since you began tattooing?
I guess you could say Tattoo’s have become accepted in today’s society, possibly even expected, obviously there being more people for you to tattoo is a good thing, but do you think there is a downside to it?
How do you think certain “reality” tattoo shows on TV have affected tattooing on a broad scale?
What’s been pumping through your speakers lately?
Greatest accomplishment as an artist/ tattooist?
No doubt you have seen some pretty fucked tattoo’s in your time, what is the worst tattoo you’ve ever seen?
Favourite place to kick it?
What are you thoughts on the resurgence of Traditional Tattooing?
What was your first tattoo, and who did it?
What inspires you to create?
What are your views/opinions on the World and Society today?
What are 5 things you always pack on your travels?
How much has tattooing changed since you began, and where do you see it going in the future?
Any words of advice for any aspiring tattooers out there?
Word association, you know the deal, say whatever comes to your mind when you read the word.
This Friday we will be heading down to Melbourne for the Buffet Tradeshow, if you’ve got anything to do with the street wear game, you’re not going to want to miss this.
Buffet is the brain child of Andrew Montell of Acclaim Magazine, with speakers such as Jeff Staple, Jimmy Bligs and Luca Ionescu there is no doubt that this event is the raddest thing to happen to the Australian streetwear and independent fashion related communitie since……Forever.
Check out the site for more, for those who can’t make it we will be wandering around with camera’s in hand, pics will be up here some time next week so stay tuned!