Ritual Art Tattoo, Rainham
Ritual Art Tattoo was established in 1999 by Jim Gambell. It began as a small studio which he ran solely after he had served a three year apprenticeship at Living Image in London. Lizi Sage joined the studio in 2001 and together they began on the journey to what the business has become today. Their vision for Ritual Art is a studio in which an eclectic team of artists create bespoke tattoos, tailor made to individual client tastes.
Custom tattooing has always been the order of the day at Ritual Art, and the other artists that have joined the team over time have bought with them their own unique styles and strengths of design. Ritual Art Tattoo is not the shop down the street that caters for all and sundry, we do turn away a lot of custom, which to the outsider may seem a strange business desision. Our opinion is that until tattooers begin to stop doing the old, less artistic tattoos, the industry will not move forward to the artistic vision we see for it.
Artists really don't enjoy the factory feel of repitition and everyone at Ritual Art is an artist and have the right to convey this in their tattoo styles.
Waiting times can be around 3-6 months in advance. It won't necessarily be the less booked artist to do your design, it will be the artist best for that particular job. The design process is something that your chosen artist will explain to you at the time of booking, as they all work uniquely using different mediums. Timescale will be dependant upon the design itself and what is needed.
The studio itself has a friendly upbeat vibe, each artist has their own workspace, with their own art on the walls to enjoy as you get inked. We tattoo mainly in whole day sittings, this is a great way to get your artist into the piece and get as much coverage done in each session. Typically this gets large scale work done in a less stressful way for both artist and client, and days do go quickly with a couple of breaks to eat and chill out too.
The current team consists of six artists, creating an interesting dynamic, a real mix of styles and design. Jim Gambell dedicates his time to largescale work, full colour pieces freehanded on, taking realism into the surreal realm. Lizi Sage is all about colour and subtlety, ultra feminine tattoos with coloured outlines and a painterly feel. David Corden loves the realistic take on things, specialising in pinups, wildlife and portraiture. Dan Chase has a background in graphic design, illustration, graffiti and music which translates effortlessly into his tattoo designs. Ed Hunt is an illustrator and his tattoo designs reflect this beautifully, with a different slant on things. Luna Q is training in colour outline style under Lizi's supervision, her own style is vibrant and whimsical and this translates well into her tattoo designs.
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