“Skulls Make Excellent Subjects!” – An Interview with Gerry Carnelly, Tattoo Artist

by Jason Michel

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Gerry Carnelly has built up a reputation as one of Britain’s most hardworking tattoo artists. His shop is Octopus Tattoo in Derby in The Midlands. He is not only a top Tattooist but a damn fine visual artist to boot with a complete dedication to his work.  I had a wee chat with him.

Q1: Hey Gerry!

Tell these ignorant curs something about Gerry Carnelly.

When did you realise that you wanted to happily inflict pain onto a paying public & become a tattooist?

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Reporting by Sally York

After a long day I drive into a shitstorm of flashing lights, police barricades and EMTs. I blow a sigh and twirl the wheel.

Life of a reporter, it never ends.

I approach a rosy-cheeked rookie, too dumb to hold back unconfirmed details. The main thing I want to know is if anyone’s dead. We don’t do fender-benders, we follow the grim reaper.

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