Claire Reid and Jacob Gwynn of Ajna Tatoo Studio, Rosebank. The Busniees patrners have been asked to attend The Australian Tattoo and Body Art Expo in Sydney. Photo Patrick Gorbunovs / The Northern Star
Claire Reid and Jacob Gwynn of Ajna Tatoo Studio, Rosebank. The Busniees patrners have been asked to attend The Australian Tattoo and Body Art Expo in Sydney. Photo Patrick Gorbunovs / The Northern Star Patrick Gorbunovs

Rosebank pair pushing boundaries of body art

ROSEBANK tattoo duo Claire Reid and Jacob Gwynn will showcase their inking skills alongside the world's best at this year's Australian Tattoo and Body Art Expo in Sydney.

The expo, from March 7-9, is the largest in the southern hemisphere and last year had 40,000 visitors.

For Ms Reid, it will be a perfect opportunity to get inspired by the work of other tattoo artists.

Jacob Gwyn's tips on what not to have permanently tattooed on your body

"Tattooing is evolving really quickly and people are pushing the boundaries with their own art, and so it's good for me to connect with my friends and talk to them about what they're doing artistically and bring that back to where I'm at and expand my own artwork from what I've learnt," she said.

Ms Reid said, in particular, the industry was evolving in the way people were able to create tattoos that looked like they were popping out of people's skin.

"People's technique is a lot more refined now and they're able to express things on their skin that weren't possible five or six years ago," she said.

The Ajna Tattoo studio in Rosebank, where both Ms Reid and Mr Gwynn work, opened last month.

Mr Gwynn is Ms Reid's first apprentice and specializes in colour realism and black and grey realism.

"Previous to tattooing, I worked in animation for six years, so I've always had creative jobs leading up to this," he said.

Claire Reid and Jacob Gwynn of Ajna Tatoo Studio, Rosebank. The Busniees patrners have been asked to attend The Australian Tattoo and Body Art Expo in Sydney. Photo Patrick Gorbunovs / The Northern Star
Claire Reid and Jacob Gwynn of Ajna Tatoo Studio, Rosebank. The Busniees patrners have been asked to attend The Australian Tattoo and Body Art Expo in Sydney. Photo Patrick Gorbunovs / The Northern Star Patrick Gorbunovs

"She invited me up from Melbourne to apprentice here but I'd been getting tattooed by Claire for the previous two years.

"Our styles are very similar."

Jacob Gwyn's tips on what not to have permanently tattooed on your body

  • Your partner's name
  • Any band logos or names
  • Big tribal work
  • Butterflies, dolphins or unicorns
  • Never get the guy in the shed down the road to do portrait work