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Renowned tattoo artist to make his mark on home turf


After working with some of the nation’s most respected tattooists, Simon Templeman decided it was time to come home. Dan Hatch reports


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e‘s inked some of Britain‘s top sportsmen, learnt his trade from the UK‘s top artists


and now tattooist Simon Templeman is setting up shop in Abbots Langley. It might seem a strange thing to do fresh off


the back of 18 months working alongside the star of TV‘s London Ink and David Beckham‘s tattoo- ist, Louis Malloy, at his Manchester Studio. But Simon said it was time to ―come home‖. He said: ―I was schooled in the area, my early


childhood was in the area. I always look at this as home. I‘ve got some good friends here.‖ Simon has set-up his new studio, I Ain‘t No


Saint, in what was once the amenity block on the High Street. The ink was due to flow from Janu- ary 1. He admits opening a tattoo parlour in Abbots might raise a few eyebrows. He said: ―It‘s been a very interesting reaction. I


was trying to keep things on the quiet but the first day I was here I walked through the village and six or seven people said to me ‗are you the new tattooist?‘. Generally the reaction has been great, people are keen. But then there‘s the older generation, who might have a preconception about what I‘m going to turn this into. ―Hopefully over time I can win people around


because I‘m very responsible – this isn‘t about stamping names on kids who are underage or having gangs of bikers hanging around or wild parties. I‘m actually a very hard working artist.‖ Simon, a former airbrush artist, started tattoo-


ing seven years ago, and was immediately hooked. He said: ―I had my identity stolen in 2000 and I went through quite a traumatic time


Simon Templeman at work.


dealing with that. I found myself on holiday in Thailand and I met a guy who owned a tattoo studio. I showed him my portfolio and he was keen to see me do a tattoo.‖ His first client was an American who wanted a


―half-sleeve‖.‖ It took Simon 12 hours, but the customer was delighted. Since then Simon hasn‘t looked back and he boasts a client list of celebri- ties and sportsman – although he won‘t reveal who they are. ―It doesn‘t matter if it is a celebrity or someone


off the street, everyone is the same, I‘d rather be known for the tattoos than who I tattoo,‖ he said.


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