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Liam tattoos out of Shangri La on Kingsland Road, so if you’re ever in east London and want a styled as a motherfucker tattoo then he’s your man. He’s tattooed Dustin Dollin (rad), and plays drums in the maniacal grindcore outfit Trencher – so you’ll be getting inked by a gen – u – ine rockstar as well.

Hey Liam, how’s it going today?

Good. I bought some sushi at the market, and going to have a bath for a few hours.

What was the last tattoo you did?
I tattooed the knuckle on my left index finger. I had a machine set up and didn’t use it so I didn’t want to waste the needle. It hurt but it was something I’d been thinking about for a while.

What was the first one you did?
I did an upside down cross on one of my oldest/best friends Ross (we play in Trencher together). He let me do a lot of my early tattoos on him, which was a real blessing- one of the people who I learned a lot on.

Have you ever had anyone freak-out massively while working on them?
It happens all the time, but you have to sometimes talk people through their bad time to a place where they can cope with it by themselves. I have people fainting/going green/puking/crying/screaming and suchlike. The first time I had a fainter was while tattooing a friend of mine, I was alone with him and thought he was having an epileptic attack! Sometimes I forget that some people are really having problems, but if you want the tattoo then you should be able to persevere – everyone wants the best results.

Who, in an ideal world, would you ink if you could?
I don’t really have anyone I yearn to tattoo but I have been lucky to have tattooed some personal icons and great people who I think are very talented. I would like to tattoo my mum and dad – they both want one but cant decide on what to get. It would be the ultimate gift I could give to them .

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