Freelance writer living on Brisbane's north side. Studied creative industries - currently studying library and information services.
Published February 10th 2012
I love the sweet sharp pain of the tattoo gun. I love the rush of adrenalin, the faint iron smell of the blood mixed with ink, the twitching of sensitive nerves and the end result – an artist's masterpiece, with you for life. Okay, so maybe not everyone can relate, but for me, its physical and mental release. Ecstasy.
I have a few tattoos now, and I'm currently working on a very large rib piece that's tallied up eight hours of work so far. This piece is by far my favourite, and the artist – exceptional. Her name is Emily and she works at Dark Lotus Tattoo in Morayfield.
The day I decided exactly what I wanted for this current tattoo, I went searching for an artist to draw it up for me. I'd seen Emily's work on the Dark Lotus Facebook page and really envied her artistic style. I can't draw; I think I'm the only one in my immediate family who missed out on having that talent. Anyway, Emily's old school traditional work appealed to me and I headed into Dark Lotus Tattoo in the hope that she'd be willing to design my tattoo and then start the process of etching it into my skin.
Emily was more than happy to help me out. Two weeks later after I had relayed my ideas to her, I again ventured into Dark Lotus for my tattoo appointment, this time a little nervous. Not because of the fact that I was about to get tattooed; no, that made me excited; I was nervous because I had yet to see the design. Here I was, putting my total trust in a stranger to come up with something that I'd love enough to wear for life. I should not have worried.
When I arrived, Emily showed me the design that she'd come up with from just a few of my words. I was stunned. It was everything I had wanted it to be and more. And so began the journey of my largest tattoo yet, eight hours and counting, with an amazing tattoo artist from an incredible tattoo studio of equally talented artists.
Dark Lotus Tattoo is the only tattoo studio I know of that is connected to a commercial shopping centre. The address: Shop 48F Morayfield Shopping Centre, Morayfield. It's located on the bottom floor car park outside the entrance leading to Dick Smith. When you drive into the car park, it's pretty hard to miss.
Dark Lotus Tattoo boasts a number of tattoo artists and helpers. At the moment, their newest employee is Lissy, only four weeks into her position as 'desk-girl' and soon-to-be-apprentice. Lissy shares a position with another young beauty named Belinda and together they are the customer's first point of contact. They give tattoo consultations including tattoo advice, design, quote, artist advice and recommendation and bookings on behalf of all artists.
Grunt: Grunt is the co-founder and owner of Dark Lotus Tattoo and is responsible for all of the full-time artists and shop assistants. He has been part of the tattoo industry for nearly a decade as both a tattooist and shop manager. Grunt can always be found at the front desk chatting to customers, on the phone talking business or just hanging around at the front of the store.
Co-founder and owner of Dark Lotus Tattoo, Timmy is a self-taught tattooist that began his career in a small studio on Bribie Island. Timmy enjoys both sides of his art; tattooing evil nightmares as well as the most delicate of flowers. Timmy believes that he is constantly learning from his art each and every day and his work shows his penchant for perfecting the small details.
Robbie the Ranga:
Robbie's name says it all; the Ranga. He's always the joker and always the one chatting up the girls in the shopping centre. Robbie is a pretty laid-back guy and has moved from his apprenticeship with Dark Lotus to a full-time position. His work is up for show on the Dark Lotus Facebook page as well as in-store and seems to give off an old school traditional style with lots of colour and flair.
Jamie started his tattooing career at Koolsville in Brendale with none other than Little Mick. On Valentine's Day 2011, my partner and I both got the phrase 'the past is practice' tattooed on us by this friendly tattooist. Jamie may seem reserved compared to some of the other tattooists available, but take a look at his portfolio, his work speaks for itself.
Scotty started tattooing in 1998 and worked at Modern Primitive in Tweed Heads. I haven't had any work done by Scotty, but the main thing that stands out to me about his work is the shading. Everything always seems to blend seamlessly. Colour or just black and white, Scotty's work is just too difficult to fault and always stands out.
Last but not least is Emily; who I would like to call 'my tattooist.' I suppose you could say that with Emily, ink is in her blood (no pun intended). Emily was inspired by her father; Ted at Ted Custom Tattoos in Mt Isa; and has been tattooing for about 18 years. I can definitely vouch for the fact that Emily appreciates the gentler side of tattooing and is always okay if you need to have a stretch or a walk around. Emily is very artistic in the way that she actually designs tattoos for her customers upon request (take mine for example). She now has her own private room in the studio where her drawings/tattoo designs line the walls.
These guys are not the only tattoo artists available at Dark Lotus, as you'll see when you take a look through their popular Facebook page. Dark Lotus Tattoo has also been known to host other tattoo artists as 'guest visitors' from time to time and always promote these artists and their availabilities on the site as well.
So, if you're anything like me, or even if you've just been toying with the idea of getting your first tattoo, pop into Dark Lotus Tattoo at Morayfield or give them a call on 5432 4161.
Thanks for the recommendation Crystal. I had a couple of tattoos done by a fantastic tattooist in Indroopilly (south side of Brissie) and he moved to another suburb when I wanted my 3rd tatt done, but I lost track of him and went to another tattooist in Sunnybank Hills, which were okay, but I'd like to get them fixed up a bit. I've got in-laws that live on the north side and I'll definitely check out Dark Lotus Studio this weekend when I go over. Despite the amount of tattoo parlours in Brissie, it's hard to find a GOOD one. Word of mouth is usually the best way to find one I've found. Thanks again. Mandy E.