UK tattoo blog Inkluded has collaborated with Deasil Art Gallery to present an exhibition featuring artwork by a selection of UK and Midlands tattoo artists. Inked Palette opened on 3rd October to a busy launch event and now remains open to the general public until 20th October 2015.

Founder of Inkluded, Beccy Rimmer, thanked artists on the opening night: “At Inkluded, we’re passionate about showcasing and sharing the craft of tattoo art and making information about this thriving industry available to the general public. There can often be media misrepresentation about what tattooing is – this exhibition aims to portray the industry in a truthful and respectful light; where tattoos are art, and tattooists are artists. This country’s creative tattoo scene is fast-growing and flourishing with talented artists, remarkable artwork and innovative styles – we thought it was time we unveiled the creativity and originality of the UK’s tattoo mastery through this multimedia exhibition.”

The 16 tattoo artists involved have created custom artwork on a variety of materials – rather than their usual approach on skin, they’ve embraced the opportunity to experiment with paper, ceramic, slate, synthetic limbs and more. Inked Palette also features tattoo photography as well as tattoo artist sketches and drawings to offer an insight into the day-to-day life of a tattoo artist working in the UK today.

Deasil Art Gallery’s owner and curator, Kate Livingston: “Inked Palette will really push the boundaries of a traditional art exhibition. It will challenge both the artists involved and people who come and see it. Tattooing is a selfless talent that more tattoo artists should be recognised for. We want to make this exhibition fully accessible for everyone, no matter what their knowledge, background or experience with tattoos.”

One of the artists showcasing work in the exhibition, Shaun Von Sleaze, commented: “it’s nice for there to be a physical place where the general public can have access to the work we can create. Unfortunately, tattoo artists are still bunched into a hole that doesn't really fit, I'm not sure it ever did. Art is art regardless of placement and it would be nice to show that we are artists, not what an outdated stereotype likes to portray.” 

Deasil Art is a new gallery situated in the heart of England, in Leamington Spa, with direct trains to many major UK cities including Birmingham Oxford, Manchester, York, London and Reading.

Inked Palette runs from 3rd – 20th October 2015 at Deasil Art Gallery, 44 Oxford Street, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, CV32 4RA. Admission: FREE. Opening times: Wednesday – Saturday 11am – 5pm, Sunday 12pm – 4pm.