Barbie is an accomplished tattooist from Bristol, tattooing out of Longfox Tattoo Studio which she owns. Her work ranges from black ink to bright and punchy glass panes, and she illustrates and weaves her designs into clothing too.
What steps did you take to get to where you are now?
During my previous career as a music teacher, I found myself drawing more and more during my spare time. I took inspiration from traditional tattoos, music, the occult, nature, fashion, Edwardian postcards, furniture and just about everything else probably...
I never thought of it as anything other than a hobby until Iain encouraged me to do something more with it.
Together, we started ‘Long Fox’ which at the time was us making t-shirts, prints and creating murals in local bars/restaurants/venues.
‘I eventually left my teaching job and worked part time at a screen-printers and then in an art shop. This gave me more time to develop my illustrations and I also had a keen interest in screen printing and experimenting with a variety of artist materials.’
Over time, and thanks to supportive friends and Instagram followers, Long Fox was gaining more interest and we were working regularly with independent brands, creating murals, Merch design, etc. along with releasing our own prints and t-shirts. It was during these couple of years that I put more time into developing my style, drawing technique and created the portfolio of work that led me into tattooing.
In 2017, we opened our own studio where we have an amazing team and welcome guest artists from around the world to work with us. I am still always learning, experimenting and looking to improve and am very lucky to work in an environment where I can do this.’