Visitors to the fair will have the opportuntiy to get tattooed by the much sought after artist Sarah Lu, who will present exclusive designs inspired by artwork from the fair, bespoke designs and a flash number of designs from her soon to be released book.
Exclusively for this edition of the Fair, Sarah will also sell limited edition prints and originals of artwork featured in her new book.
All tattoos are completely bespoke to the client and a quote will be given once confirmation of booking has been received. Booking details below.
Bookings are available during the below Fair opening times. To reserve your place, please contact:
Friday 1 September: 5pm-9.30pm
Saturday 2 September: 10am-6pm
Sunday 3 September: 10am-5pm
16 Narrow Quay
Bristol BS1 4QA
Sarah Lu's style is nothing short of an evolution in the helter-skelter world of hand-poking. Sarah works small but she also goes big, much bigger than most would dare. It's not just a question of scale, it's her lines too, cleaner, crisper and smoother than many thought possible.
Sarah Lu revels in the exposed nature of hand working where once the ink is pushed under the skin it's either right or it's wrong. Hand-poking is uniquely unforgiving. One dot out of place can ruin a line. The idea that hand-poking gives the tattooist more control than a machine is only true if the artist has the skill to execute the exact placement of the need and Sarah Lu has that skill in buckets.
One poke at a time, Sarah achieves effects that are rarely found in hand-poked work. Sarah Lu's needle and chopstick work is always without colour. Instead she builds texture using the skin itself, to create relief tones. Sarah's intense and precise needle-work turns on its head the idea that hand-poked work is inherently flat and two dimensional.
Sarah Lu has brought hand-poking to somewhere where it ‘if she can draw it, then she can tattoo it’, with just a needle and a chopstick and that is a very exciting place to be.
Sarah Lu's soon to be released book 'Hand Poked No Electricity: Stick and Poke Tattoo Culture' will be available from September 2017.
[Written By Andy Hobbs]