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I’m 85 and still tattooing

Doc Price is 85 (just), and won’t be hanging up his tattoo gun any time soon.

Meet Doc

Hailed as the oldest tattoo artist in the world, Doc Price says that people often seem to give up too early at the idea of aging. People might think that their abilities start to disappear, but for him, tattooing is one that ‘doesn’t seem to want to disappear’.

At the age of 14, Doc dedicated his first tattoo to his mum. He tells us, ‘if you went home to mum with a tattoo and it didn’t say mum, you’re in trouble.’ Working as a brick layer by day and tattooist by night, Doc would perfect his skills on his workmates.

doc price's tattoo shop

Doc opened up his own tattoo shop over 47 years ago and still works there to this day, favouring tattooing his designs by freehand and not conforming to the modern technique of stencilling.

For Doc, tattooing is all about memories. He explains, ‘when we look back at our tattoos, we reflect on times that were good and times that were sometimes not so good’.

doc tattooing a customer

Sharing one memory in particular, Doc tells us what tattooing means for him. In the supermarket one day, Doc came across a tattoo that he’d done many years ago. He said that although the tattoo was older, it was ‘just a beautiful thing’. It had toned down and it had grown with the person. ‘It belonged to him, it’s something that I gave him as a younger man, and I thought it was just one of those nice, nice moments’ he adds.

Unable to pick a specific highlight from his life, Doc says that it has been ‘spectacular from beginning to end’.

Find out more about Doc and his tattoo shop on Facebook.

Posted on 10 October 2017

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