Peanut Butter Fingers Clothing

5 minutes with… Hollie May


Hollie May runs her own shop, The Old Smithy Tattoo Parlour, in Leek, Staffordshire. A tattooist for the past five years, her work is often animal or nature-based and her style is mainly abstract, with a lot of linework and blocks or splashes of colour. Having spent the last 18 months working at different tattoo conventions around the UK, Hollie picked up the award for ‘Best Avant Garde’ at the 2014 Manchester International Tattoo Show.

Where do you keep your ketchup: Cupboard or fridge?
I keep my ketchup in the fridge.

What’s the last thing you Googled?
How long to keep red wine once it’s opened.

What’s the last purchase you most regret?
The dodgy milk I bought the other day and ended up drinking.

What’s your highlight of the year so far?
Doing my first guest spot at Ollie Tye’s studio, Cosmic Monsters.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
Never eat yellow snow.

What are you scared of?

Shuffle to the next song on your iPod. What is it?
John Butler Trio – Fool For You

What do you do with your McDonald’s gherkin?
I don’t eat McDonald’s.

Who in your industry do you admire most?
That’s a tough one! Little Andy (Andrew Marsh).

Check out Hollie’s work and what she’s up to on Instagram – @holliemaytattooist or Facebook