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.
TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT WHO YOU ARE.
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.