Artists

Octopus Tattoo currently hosts 4 resident artists. Click through for each artist’s gallery and contact details.

Ben Shaw

stickyBen started tattooing in 2000 and worked in several studios across the country before joining Octopus Tattoo in 2011. He specialises in Japanese, neo-traditional and illustrative tattooing. Ben maintains his own website SkullsSnakesAndSeveredHeads.com

Gerry Carnelly

cropped-octologo-e1420850186446.pngGerry has been tattooing for 17 years starting his career in Manchester. Since then he’s worked in a number of studios in places like London and Brighton. Founding Octopus Tattoo in 2006, he began to build a reputation for high quality colour work and specialising in the bio-mechanical and bio-organic styles. Octopus Tattoo expanded into larger premises in 2011 and Gerry was joined by Ben Shaw, and later by Mat and Andy. In addition to the work on this site, Gerry maintains an Instagram profile,  @gerrycarnellytattoo, and gerrycarnelly.co.uk

Mat Bone

cropped-octologo-e1420850186446.pngMat has been tattooing for around a decade and started as an apprentice in Kent, where he was a resident artist for 8 years. He began doing regular guest spots in various studios throughout the country, including Octopus Tattoo, and decided to move to Derby in March 2013. He still travels to regular spots in other studios and attends several conventions each year. He loves tattooing pattern work, tribal and black work and as confesses to being “somewhat geeky”. Enjoying graphical illustrations, bold colours and anything fun and/or silly! Aside from his work on this site, Mat’s work can also be viewed on Instagram, @matbonetattoo.