Rites of Passage 

Well I was promised by Mel the event organiser that this years rites of passage was going tobe the best one ever…… 

Mel and her crew defiantly delivered that and more 

To theme an expo – lettering legends , Was an amazing idea and that brought out some of the best lettering artists across the world, (we have some of the best right here in Australia just sayin haha) 

I met Mel at the Sydney expo the month before, she welcomed me with passes into rites and a media pass so I could do my thing.
Massive shout out to her, it sucks it’s her last one, but I know we will continue to grow a positive friendship meeting through this amazing industry. 
I got into Melb Saturday arvo, I wanted to capture more of the expo in the later hours when Tattooer’s were abit more relax and on the tail end of the work 
I managed to snag a few good photos of artists having a laugh, and that what it’s all about, it’s a work convention technically, but when you love what you do it’s more like a big celebration of artwork and family getting together. 
The Australian tattoo culture is growing exponentially and with that brings a vast variety of artists, all working in the own styles, you can get absoloutly anything you desire. 

As a whole the expo was one of the best I’ve been to, I’m a big fan of lettering and found that having them theme rites , incouraged non script artists trying there hand at it.

I look forward to the next rites of passage and hopefully the new organisers will bring it like Mel and her crew have done for the last few years. 
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Little Black Bird

Little Black Bird Tattoo Studio

Is located in Victoria about an hour from Albury/Wodonga Situated at 53 Vincent rd Wangaratta, a Beautifully set out studio recently opened by female artist Reesha. Thoughtfully laid out , A calming reception with rustic charm, opening into private rooms. 

A smaller artist base but a studio with room to grow, and in talks for me to guest spot later in the year. 

reesha is a hungry artist and works most styles with competence, creating a relaxed vibe for her clients while giving them a custom one off piece of art.

Reesha welcomed me into little black bird and I instantly felt right at home, this is a space that just inspires creativity.


 Adam kidd – black and grey realistic artist, spending his life emersed in his art, working in many mediums, constantly pushing himself and growing his skill set 

I met Adam a year ago, and we instantly became good mates and have been building a solid friendship from that day, I’m keen for him to get up to Newcastle for guest spots at the new impact tattoos where I call home 

Adam is a great bloke and part of the Inkd family.



 I enjoyed my visit while down in Victoria 

A Beautiful space and I look forward to the flight of little black bird 
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