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    Tuesday, Apr 28, 2009 1:41AM / Members only

    I have been around the business of tattooing all my life, some of my earliest memories are of seeing my father (Jack Zeek) working.

    I started being tea boy/cleaner in my fathers studio aged 7, by the time I was 10 I was pricing work for my fathers customers. It was a foregone conclusion that this was going to be my path in life.

     

    I did my first tattoo and started my apprenticeship properly when I was 14. The first tattoo I did was colouring in a butterfly that my father outlined on “Big” Bill Cherry (he was enormous!). The die was cast from that day on.

     

    I started tattooing full time when I left school at 16 (and became the youngest health registered tattooist in the UK), my father outlined the tattoos and I coloured initially until I progressed to doing the whole job on my own.

    Tattooing was a very different business then, the designs were a lot more basic (panthers, eagles, peacocks), my apprenticeship was very traditional as my fathers roots in the business hailed from days of old.

    I caught the first wave of the artistic revolution in tattooing that was spearheaded by the likes of Ed Hardy (San Francisco), his work in those days was something held in awe by most tattooists (and still is) and was a real blueprint for what was to come.

    In those days we didn’t have computers and magazines, it was before the information age had started so to get designs and ideas for better work was a hit and miss affair. George Bone of London (he’s still working 45 years on and still putting out top quality work) was doing incredible Japanese style tattooing and any opportunity I had I would photograph his work when I saw it so I could study and try to emulate what he was doing. Another big influence in my early days was a guy called Pete Tracey, he was light years ahead of himself and the standard of his artwork in those days was stunning.

    I was very fortunate that some of these old time tattooists would let me sit in and see them work and the lessons I learnt then still sit with me every time I pick up my machines.

     

    I worked with my father for 17 years until he sadly passed away in 1999. I kept the studio going for 18 months after. I closed the place down to lay my father to rest, there were just too many memories there.

    Since then I have moved about the UK and worked at a succession of studios. I am currently living and working in lovely Norway at Kongsvinger tattoo studio.

    I now don’t do any walk in trade, just my own loyal following of customers and people recommended by them. I work by appointment only.

    I try to make every tattoo I do unique for each customer, 80% of my work is freehand.

     

    I work in other mediums here and there, when time allows. I would like to spend more time painting but rarely get the opportunity as tattooing takes up a majority of my time.


    Please visit my website for more information. www.seanzeek.com


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    posted on Sunday, Nov 18, 2012 4:17AM  [Report]
    Happy Birthday Bro !!! I hope all is Wonderful there for you and that you are Having a Blast !!!
  • posted on Sunday, Nov 27, 2011 8:18PM  [Report]
    happy birthday to you !
    我迟来的生日祝福,
    祝您开心幸福每一天!
  • posted on Wednesday, Nov 16, 2011 2:12PM  [Report]
    Happy birthday to you!生日快樂!誕生日おめでとう!Sinh nhật vui vẻ!आपको जन्मदिन मुबारक हो!Joyeux anniversaire à toi!Feliz cumpleaños a ti!Χρόνια πολλά σε εσάς!Happy birthday sa iyo!생일 축하합니다!З Днём Нараджэння Вас!สุขสันต์วันเกิดท่าน!Buon compleanno a te!Mutlu yıllar sana!Til Lysenko med fødselsdagen hen til jer!Boldog szülinapot!Selamat ulang tahun untuk Anda!Hyvää syntymäpäivää sinulle!С Днем Рождения Вас!
  • posted on Saturday, Feb 5, 2011 8:54PM  [Report]
    hi sean hows it going ............ sorry to have learned that jack passed away i have lost touch with a lot of people over the years .......... do you still have the studios in hayes middlesex can you let me know thanks mark
  • posted on Monday, Jan 3, 2011 7:12PM  [Report]
    Happy New Years from everyone at alivenotdead.com!
  • posted on Tuesday, Nov 23, 2010 5:55PM  [Report]
    Happy Birthday to you!
  • posted on Tuesday, Nov 16, 2010 3:13AM  [Report]
    Happy birthday to you!生日快樂!誕生日おめでとう!Sinh nhật vui vẻ!आपको जन्मदिन मुबारक हो!Joyeux anniversaire à toi!Feliz cumpleaños a ti!Χρόνια πολλά σε εσάς!Happy birthday sa iyo!생일 축하합니다!З Днём Нараджэння Вас!สุขสันต์วันเกิดท่าน!Buon compleanno a te!Mutlu yıllar sana!Til Lysenko med fødselsdagen hen til jer!Boldog szülinapot!Selamat ulang tahun untuk Anda!Hyvää syntymäpäivää sinulle!С Днем Рождения Вас
  • posted on Monday, Mar 1, 2010 6:21PM  [Report]
    Hi Sean
    Hope you remember us. Friens od Stevie and Wendy . Colin still needs his backplate finished. Where are you now.
  • posted on Sunday, Jan 3, 2010 5:09PM  [Report]
    Hi, How are you?
    Iam happy that you visit to me:)
    I wish you happy every day!
  • posted on Wednesday, Nov 18, 2009 5:46PM  [Report]
    Wow, amazing work and happy birthday as well. Thank you for dropping by. =)
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    posted on Wednesday, Nov 18, 2009 3:16PM  [Report]
    happy birthday!!!!! =D
  • posted on Monday, Nov 16, 2009 4:04AM  [Report]
    happy birthday to you?
  • posted on Tuesday, Oct 13, 2009 11:45PM  [Report]
    sean do you remember me from hayes. japanese black shading full back piece samurai on horseback in the middle. are you still in the shop. whats the address want the girl done on leg(pic i gave you)
  • posted on Tuesday, Jul 21, 2009 10:05PM  [Report]
    thanks a lot~take care~
  • posted on Tuesday, Jul 21, 2009 7:54AM  [Report]
    Thanx for U reply~ I'm doing my dissertation. I will contact U if I have ideas after my heavy work~
  • posted on Sunday, Jul 19, 2009 4:48PM  [Report]
    i am looking for a good designer in beijing~but u in hongkong,right?
  • posted on Saturday, Jul 18, 2009 12:13AM  [Report]
    ha~I'm from China~nice to meet you~
    cool man~
  • posted on Saturday, Jul 11, 2009 5:50PM  [Report]
    I'am in London ~~~
  • posted on Saturday, Jul 11, 2009 5:49PM  [Report]
    Still live in London?
    I'd like to have another tatoo one day
  • posted on Friday, Jul 10, 2009 6:37PM  [Report]
    tatoo is very cool~
    hi~ my name is six~
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