For no.4 in our 5×5 series (checkout Scott Move, Luxiano Street-Classic and Eterno8's) we’ve turned to Leeds based tattooer, Joe Ellis. Joe uses strong traditional imagery in his own unique way and works out of the powerhouse that is Sacred Electric Tattoo alongside Sway, Wolfspit, Shaun Bailey and Jimmy Wizard.
What are your 5 favourite images to tattoo?
I tattoo mostly traditional. my favourite themes are:
- American History
Where are your 5 favourite places to work?
- Sacred Electric, Leeds UK
- Modern Classic, London UK
- Bold as Brass, Liverpool UK
- Salon Serpent, Amsterdam
- Brighton convention, UK
Who are your 5 biggest inspirations?
- P. Waters
- E. Hardy
- Stoney St. Clair
- B. Grimm
- My close friends and the guys at sacred electric
5 favourite tattoos you’ve done?
5 tattoos that have impressed you lately?
Stuart Cripwell (@stuartgcripwell) (Private Studio)
Max Kuhn (@max_kuhn) (OTR)
J.A. Watkins (@jayblkmgc) (Spider Murphys)
Cheyenne Sawyer (@cheyennesawyer) (Atlas Tattoo)
Bailey Hunter Robinson (@baileyhrobinson) (Private Studio)
You can find Joe on instagram @joeellistattoo or working at Sacred Electric Tattoo in Leeds.