Andrew “Little Andy" Marsh has developed a tattoo style all his own. Seriously, he has coined it “trippy whippy geometric traditional.” Traveling tattoo artist Marsh has the ability to make his clients literally glimmer with conceptual, out of this world, neotraditional designs. If you are looking to give an artist some creative freedom to produce a magnificent piece, Marsh is your guy.
We have a “seven questions” with Marsh so you can get to know the man behind these surreal, clever pieces of art.
HOW DID YOU END UP BECOMING A TATTOO ARTIST:
I started getting tattooed at 18 at my local shop, and at the age of 20 decided I was going to give it ago, and so I became one of those scratchers that everyone hates.
After nearly 2 years an opportunity came up to work in the same shop I started getting tattooed in, so I was thrown in at the deep-end working in a very busy street shop.
I’d recommend a street shop to anyone starting out as a tattooist as you have to cover all sorts and be quick and clean. I stayed at that shop for the next 5 years until earlier this year when I left for Melbourne, Australia where I worked for 6 months.
WHERE CAN POTENTIAL CLIENTS FIND YOU:
I’m planning on doing guest spots all through 2015 mostly in the UK and Europe but open to offers from elsewhere.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE TATTOO STYLE TO DO:
I specialize in weird, random full-color work. I don’t consciously draw inspiration from anywhere to be honest, I just make it all up as I go. I enjoy the randomness of my work. I like the freedom to be able to do what I like, and I’m lucky enough to have clients that let me do just that.
WHAT SETS YOU APART FROM OTHER TATTOO ARTISTS:
I’d say I have a pretty different style from most other tattooists so that sets me apart. You’re either going to dig it or be like ‘wtf is that all about?’”
WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR ASPIRING TATTOO ARTISTS:
For aspiring tattooists I’d say draw, draw ,draw. I’ve been shocked at how many tattooists trace a lot of their work. I don’t believe in doing that.
WHAT KIND OF CLIENTS/ PROJECTS MOST INSPIRE YOU:
For clients, from my point of view, the less input, the better, that’s just how I like to work. As soon as a client starts putting restrictions on what I’m doing I fall out of love with it. By all means give me an idea, but then just let me run with it. That way I can give them the best tattoo.
WHO ARE SOME OF YOUR CURRENT TATTOO ARTIST INSPIRATIONS:
At the moment I’m into David Cote from Canada and Timur Lysenko.
FIND LITTLE ANDY ON INSTAGRAM: @littleandytattoo