Octopus Tattoo currently hosts 4 resident artists. Click through for each artist’s gallery and contact details.
Ben 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 benshawtattoo.com and his instagram can be found at benshawtattoo.
Gerry 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 Leigh. Gerry also displays his works on his Instagram profile, @gerrycarnellytattoo, and his website gerrycarnelly.co.uk
Mat 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.
Leigh has been tattooing since 2015. Before the career change, he was a professional photographer for 8 years in Northamptonshire. Leigh loves creating blackwork tattoos and enjoys illustrative designs, with some nerdy inspired pieces. Leigh came to Octopus Tattoo after doing a couple of guest spots before moving to Derby to be with us full time! You can see Leigh’s work on his instagram @boardmantattoo or you can check out his Etsy to buy some of his artwork here.