Top tattooist drawn back to New Plymouth to finish the job

People were queuing up to get work done at New Plymouth tattooist Gene Martin’s new studio before it even opened last week.
Mean Team Tattoos, at the corner of St Aubyn and Cutfield streets, had more than 400 likes on its Facebook page before the first customer walked through the door, with many people requesting work from the artist.
Martin, who is renowned for his detailed work, returned from Hamilton to meet the demand for his work here and to right some wrongs.

“When I left town I let a lot of people down and many were disappointed that I left them with unfinished tattoos,” the 37-year-old said.

Martin, who has been tattooing for about 20 years, said the most important thing for someone contemplating getting a tattoo was to get the right advice.
It was important that people felt comfortable when it came to getting a tattoo.

“They should feel happy and excited and if they don’t feel that way then chances are they’ve got the wrong tattooist or the wrong idea,” he said.

“I want people to have the best tattoos they can have, even if it’s not from me. Don’t be shy to hunt down that right person to get the right tattoo.”
Some of Gene’s art work from his Facebook page
Source: Taranaki Daily News

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