AN ARBROATH tattoo studio achieved national recognition at a conference recently.
The team at Idle Hands, 81 High Street, came home from the Scottish Body Art Show at the Station Hotel in Perth with a trophy for best in show.
The conference, which took place on Saturday, January 14, and Sunday, January 15, was attended by tattoo artists and aficionados from all over the UK.
Owner Bry Prow said: “There were 25 separate tattoo studios from all around the country. There were seven or eight categories to enter and we won the trophy for the best tattoo done at the show.”
The winning tattoo was created by Gemma Ellerby (27), an artist of five years’ experience who joined the studio in April last year.
The winning ‘tat’ depicts a charging Spartan warrior, inked onto the right calf of her father, John Ellerby (57), a former Royal Marine Commando, and took nearly seven hours to complete without break.
Bry added: “Since then we have been asked to work at the Edinburgh tattoo convention in March and Gemma has been invited to work the ladies’ international tattoo convention in Amsterdam later in the year.”
Bry concluded: “Now we are an award winning tattoo studio and can put that above the door. We are very pleased about this.”