NICE WIN: Sean Charlston a self-confessed tattoo addict is tattooed by award-winning Gympie tattoo artist Eammon Jamieson yesterday.
NICE WIN: Sean Charlston a self-confessed tattoo addict is tattooed by award-winning Gympie tattoo artist Eammon Jamieson yesterday. Renee Pilcher

Master of ink puts stamp on awards

THERE is some prize winning art walking around Gympie at the moment.

While some of it will be covered by shirts, others on legs can quite easily be viewed if you know who to look at.

The artist, Gympie man Eammon Jamieson, has taken four awards at this year’s national Professional Tattooing Association of Australia convention in Perth.

His custom drawn designs drew the eye of the judges at the Tattoo Carnival, who gave him first place for the Best Large Colour Female full leg category.

The fifth year tattooist also came home with three more trophies for second place in the Best Side Male, Best Small Colour Female and Best Side Female tattoo.

Describing the first place win as a “new school bright colour” tattoo Mr Jamieson said he drew up designs based on his clients concepts.

“It was unexpected.

“Basically as an artist I just do the best I can, I don’t do it for recognition,” he said.

Mr Jamieson, who wasn’t used to the limelight, said he tried to please his customers and was happy when they were.

Coming up with designs his clients liked was his priority and he wasn’t in it to win awards, he said.

Three of the winning designs are “walking around town” he said, while the other was drawn up for a Perth man at the convention.

The Best Large Colour Female full leg first place win and Best Side Female second place getter tattoos were both for the same Gympie client.

While the Best Small Colour Female second placer was also for a Gympie woman.

All up he has been to three tattoo conventions and took out two more awards at a previous show.

Mr Jamieson works out of his family’s tattoo shop, Cooloola Tattoo located in Mary Street, and some of his winning designs have been featured in issue 74 of Australian Tattoo magazine.

The winning designs include a side full of large black and grey roses, a gore portrait mixed into a silhouette of a woman and a pig breaking free.

Mr Jamieson said all the designs were drawn after consultation with his clients.

You can view more of Mr Jamieson’s designs at http://relentlesshate.deviantart.com – all the designs posted under the relentlesshate name in the gallery are his.

Gympie Times


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