I've been following @InkAndWaterTattoo on Instagram for quite some time now and the artists who make up the shop are out of this world. I've been thinking about getting some new ink and it just so happened that their first flash day was coming up so I figured it was the perfect opportunity to get something fun and small, and ultimately get a feel for what the artists had to offer. I decided to get a flamingo done while my friend Zoe got a 'bum' and Renz got a bonsai tree. While I currently have five tattoos and about 20 more i'd like to get, I am still extremely particular about placements and don't think i'm ready to make anything too visible.
The flash artist I chose was Mr. Koo or @release852 on Instagram and I thought I would take a moment to find out a little bit about his background, style, and how he got started in the business.
Q: When did you start tattooing?
A: I started tattooing few years ago, I stopped and picked it back up 2 years ago.
Q: How did you start working with Ink and Water Tattoo?
A: Ink and Water is mine and @mgptattoos shop. We own it together.
Q: What's the story behind the name release852?
A: Release 852 was a name I have been using since 2005. I grew up in Hong Kong and I was a street artist/graffiti artist trying to spread the word of releasing your self from society and just enjoy life, etc. so 852 is Hong Kong and release is a movement. I spent 2 years everyday doing work on the street and have been featured by a few blogs and the biggest news papers in Hong Kong.
Q: How many tattoos do you have?
A: I currently have about 33 tattoos, mostly done on my self on my leg, my back and hands. I have tattoos that remind me of things I did in the past and to never do them again, the rest is just me being bored (lol).
Q: How would you describe your personal style of tattooing?
A: I do mainly 2 styles, decorative, more ornamental work and tiny work. But currently it's mainly tiny detailed work or large scale single needle work. Famous words of @mgptattoos "just have fun with it" is my style of tattooing. I enjoy working more and more detail in to my work, trying to achieve what most artists will think is impossible.