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Tattooist Holly-May Wall in Leek makes mark on international stage

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: August 22, 2014

By Abbey Buxton

The winning art work for which Hollie-May won the Best Avant Garde award.

The winning art work for which Hollie-May won the Best Avant Garde award.

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A tattooist has been awarded for her art work at an international convention.

Hollie-May Wall, who owns The Old Smithy Tattoo Parlour in Fountain Street, Leek, won the award for Best Avant Garde at Manchester Central on August 2 and 3.

Her winning art work was chosen by three judges, two of whom are editors at leading tattoo magazines Tattoo Masters and Skin Deep.

Hollie-May entered three categories in total at the event, including Best Blackened and Best of Sunday.

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While her work did not win any awards for those categories, she did attract very positive feedback.

She said: "The event attracts top tattoo artists from across the country and abroad who all compete against one another.

"I got some great feedback for the art work I entered into the other two categories.

"The judges specifically came to find me at the event on Sunday and told me that it was neck and neck between my work and the winner's work in the Best of Sunday category.

"It was a great weekend."

This is the third year that Hollie-May has entered the Manchester convention.

She also attended a tattoo convention in Telford called Tattoo Freeze in January and will be attending another one at Doncaster Racecourse on October 8, 9 and 10.

Hollie-May, aged 29, who is originally from Lincolnshire, moved to Leek four years ago with her husband Matt Wall and the couple have two children Dexter and Lottie.

She opened her first tattoo parlour in St Edward Street, alongside The Passion Pit and The Pamper Pit.

She said: "I love art and tattoos so I started getting my own portfolio together and began my apprenticeship.

"It is obviously a big change from creating art on paper and creating art on someone's skin, so it's crucial to do an apprenticeship to build up your confidence and steadiness and to develop your own style of tattooing.

"I have my own distinct style or tattooing which is quite abstract, and I mainly do line work in black and grey.

"I do pretty much everything apart from portraits." Hollie-May opened her new parlour two years ago in order to expand the business.

She said: "Moving has given me the opportunity to do more with the business such as having guest artists, which not only enables us to offer more styles of tattooing which I don't do, but it helps me to develop."

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