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5 minutes with… Steve Tucker


Steve Tucker first started inking nine years ago at the tender age of 37 and hasn’t stopped since, working with some of the world’s top tattoo artists in some truly awesome places. On top of that, he’s tattooed some pretty huge names in the music industry, with Thomas Nicholas Band (TNB) and Frank Iero and The Cellabration (formally of My Chemical Romance) among his most recent clients.

His style is mostly realism and black-and-grey, but more recently he’s been pushing himself into trying out mandala-styled work.

Where do you keep your ketchup: Cupboard or fridge?
Red sauce in the cupboard.

What’s the last thing you Googled?
Young nuns – I promise that was purely for reference.

What’s the last purchase you most regret?
A rancid chicken burger (tasted just as bad the second time round) from the ‘trailer of death’ after a heavy night out in Cambridge.

What’s your highlight of the year so far?
Proposing to the love of my life at the top of the Shard. I’m still amazed I managed to pull it all off!

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
‘It’s nice to be important, it’s more important to be nice’ – wise words from my granddad.

What are you scared of?
Celery. God must have been on her period when she invented that stick of shit.

Shuffle to the next song on your iPod. What is it?
Lights by Death Havana

What do you do with your McDonald’s gherkin?
I used to eat mine and everyone else’s, but I stopped eating fast food years ago.

Who in your industry do you admire most?
Michael Rose in Potters Bar.

Check out Steve’s work and what he’s up to on Instagram – @steveaatucker