My name is Joe Maxim. I own and operate King Street Tattoo.
I have been tattooing professionally for 7 years. I learned under the guise of an artist who had 18 years of experience himself. I spent every day for 18 months learning everything from him and paying my dues.
My teacher decided to leave the shop which he was working in to take some time away from tattooing in general. I decided to take what I had learned and hit the road to meet other artists. In doing this, I was able to gain even more experience by working in several different studios across the UK for varying periods of time, however, I eventually made my way back to Kent as that's where it all started.
By the time that I had made it back, my initial teacher had opened his own shop. I made the smart decision to spend yet another year with him in his own shop to further refine my skills as an artist and as a businessman.
Once the year was up, I took what I had learned over the several years and opened up my own shop, allowing me to do things the way that I wanted to.
Throughout my entire time tattooing, I decided to focus and even specialize in realism, specifically black and grey work.
Here are my nine favourite pieces that I've had the pleasure of completing.