Wed. Dec 1st, 2021

The classics never go out of style, which is a helpful attribute to have when you’re talking about a piece of art you’ll be carrying with you for the rest of your life. Black-and-grey may not be as flashy and exciting as some of the newer tattoo trends, but you can be assured that you won’t be regretting the decision a couple decades down the road. Becky Salter understands this and specializes in black-and-grey, producing some incredibly sick portraiture. Learn more about the talented Aussie in our interview below.

My name is Becky Salter, from Melbourne, Australia. I’m the owner of Reverence Tattoo, we have/own two locations, Oakleigh (which I work out of) and Richmond (just a few minutes out of the CBD) I have been a tattoo artist for 12 years, and I specialize in black and grey tattoos.

When did you first discover a love of art?
My love of art started very very young, maybe around the age of 4. I would draw art for my friends in school, I would host little art galleries in my bedroom for my family to see. I knew it was my passion, and that somehow one day I would make art for a living.

How did you begin your tattoo career? Did you have an apprenticeship or learn on your own?
I started my apprenticeship in 2010, and fell in love with tattooing. I found other mediums did not spark the same passion like creating a tattoo did. I became fully qualified within a year and started tattooing full time from there.

What is the tattoo scene like in Melbourne?
Melbourne as a city in general is very Cosmopolitan. The demand for good quality tattoo art is very high. I think its great, because I find myself always raising the bar, to challenge myself a little more, to seek perfection in every single piece I make.

How did you find your way to black-and-grey?
Before the idea of tattooing even sparked in my mind, I used to be a portrait artist, creating commissioned graphite portraits of pets, family members etc. So I’ve always preferred to work in black-and-grey.

What is it about black-and-grey that continues to inspire you? What do you find most challenging about the style?
I find it timeless, classic, and easy on the eye. It captures a moment in time, especially a tattoo portrait of a loved one, it takes you back to when that photograph was taken—like a memory you can wear forever! I think that’s what I love the most about it.

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