We have the awesome Alan Proctor coming from Twit Twoo Tattoo, Edinburgh on the 19th & 20th September with his ‘Trippy Trad’ style. Read on to find out about his tattooing style and keep an eye on his instagram for some cool, one shot designs!

What is your earliest memory of tattoos or tattooing? Was anyone in your family tattooed for instance.
First memory of tattooing was an older kid who stayed across the road from me. He was a punk rocker with a huge Mohawk. He had a spider web on his elbow and a swallow on his neck. l thought as a kid he was bad ass looking. In a good way. 

Can you remember the moment you thought “I wanna do this” or, “This is something I can do”?

I guess when I got my first tattoo back home in my friends bedroom. I fell in love with the art right there and then. 

How long have you been tattooing and where have you worked so far?

I have been in the tattoo industry for about 12-13 years in total. Apprenticeship was about 2 and abit years. So been tattooing around 10 years. I have worked in several shops around Scotland. But settled here in Edinburgh, been here for the last 7years.

Do you work on an hourly rate or fixed prices?

Hourly rate for large scale work. Fixed prices for one hit bangers.

How do you tend to work? Do you draw ahead of time or freehand on the day? Do you let customers see the design before the day etc?

I tend to draw for the day of appointments. Also free hand if it is a essential.  Not too often.

Do you consider yourself to have a style? If so, what is it and was it a conscious decision to focus on that, or did it just naturally happen?

I would say my style is trippy traditional. The weirder the better. I love traditional imagery and love to put my own weird twist on it. I also enjoy tattooing Japanese imagery.

Do you enjoy the social media side of tattooing or is it a necessary chore?

Social media is a great tool for free advertising. It seems like a chore as you constantly seem like you have to work. As for the wanna be instagram famous kids. They seem like they have to have 70k followers or they’re not good. Crazy. 

Do you think tattoo TV shows have been good or bad for the industry?

Television has done so much good things for tattoos. As it has brought it from the underground to the main stream you are no longer a thug for being tattooed. You can be a highly respected business man or woman and still have tattoos. On the other hand it has brought a lot of people into the industry that would never have thought about being a tattooer if not for the thought of being a celebrity and rich and famous. 70k insta followers. 

Are you optimistic or pessimistic about the future of tattooing over the next 10 years or so?

I am so optimistic for the future of tattooing. As I said in question 8, tv has opened the world of tattooing to the public as a good thing. And more and more people will be more interested in getting one or maybe covered. 

What was the song on your MySpace profile?

Didn’t have MySpace

What was the last film you saw at the cinema?

Star Wars Rogue One. And it was awesome. 

Who is your favourite artist, not including tattooists?
Tough question. I can say I don’t have one. Any person that is creative has my respect. Whether it be an artist. A musician or any other subject that you can be creative with. They have my respect.

Since you are coming to Birmingham, Black Sabbath, Duran Duran, Nick Drake?

SABBATH everyday. (Rock and roll)

Would you rather have a head the size of a tennis ball or the size of a watermelon?

My head is the size of a watermelon so I guess I’m happy.

Would you rather be an ugly genius or a hot moron and why?

I am a hot moron. Haha.

How far would you go for 1 million Instagram followers?

I would go 1 step I guess.  Intagram is crazy. If you have 70k followers and get 5 thousand likes on a photo. What happened to the other 65k people that follow you?  Don’t care about instagram at all.  

Follow Alan on Instagram to see more of his work as well as some available designs at @alan_twittwootattoo