James Brennan is an award winning, Black and Grey Tattoo artist from Liverpool, located in the North West of England.
Art has always been a massive part of his life. Raised by his mother who had to work two jobs to provide for him and his older siblings, he spent a lot of time with his nan.
His nan was a natural artist and would always have a pencil and pad in his hands. As a young child he remembers his nan always telling him "don't become an artist when you grow up, because you'll only make money when your dead".
When he was only 15 years old, he got his first tattoo and straight away he knew that he wanted to be a tattoo artist, but every time he asked the artist, how you become one, he just got shot down in flames.
Following suit to the generations of males in his family, James joined the Army once he was 18 years old. Whilst serving he was always designing tattoos for his friends and still had a strong passion for art.
James met his now wife and they started a family. This and along with several deployments, he decided that he needed to find another way. He was fed up hearing, "your not supposed to be happy going to work, thats why its called work". He wanted, "if you can make a living, doing what you love, you'll never work a day in your life" and he knew how to achieve this.
With these in mind and realising what his nan had told him might not be 100% the truth, James pursued the hard task of learning as much about the tattoo industry and craft as possible from friends who where already established in studios.
During his 12 years in the military, James conducted operational tours of, Bosnia, Iraq and twice in Afghanistan. Amongst his many military qualifications he has completed the Platoon Sergeants' Battle Course, is a Battle field first aid instructor and a map reading instructor. He is a qualified Sniper instructor and left the military as a Platoon Sergeant.
After serving 12 years in the military, James left and started working as a professional tattoo artist in the North West of England. In 2017 James and his family moved to America and after a successful year tattooing in America , he decided that it just wasn't home and has now returned back to England. James has now opened his studio Stag and Bones Tattoo in Liverpool.
James is always in constant pursuit of perfection within his art and craft. His style is Black and grey realism/surrealism and is more known for his high levels of details and texture.