A TATTOO company from Hampshire has been celebrating after one of its artists won an award.

The Wakkie Ink Tattoo Company, based in Ludgershall, attended The Great Western Tattoo show in Swindon on the weekend of July 29, where artists showcased their talents and competed against each other in a range of categories.

The Wakkie Ink Tattoo Company artist, Lucas Herman, from Andover, won best small tattoo on July 29, and tied in best in show for the whole weekend. Lucas tattooed an embroidered mushroom piece with lots of detail.

Jo Bryant and Davie King got runners up in their respective categories. It was the first convention the team attended as a studio.

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The Wakkie Ink Company was established in Ludgershall in 2011 by artist and owner Jo Bryant. Jo worked mainly on his own, with the exception of working with Kemz Tattoo for a while.

Wakkie Ink now has three artists: Jo Bryant, who is an all round artist, with a love of watercolour, abstract, geometric & Polynesian, Lucas Harman, who was taken on as an apprentice by Jo in 2018 and enjoys black work, palms, and embroidery, plus Davie King, who is a black and grey realism artist and American traditional specialist.

Wakkie Ink has also taken on Grace Witcher as an apprentice.

Andover Advertiser: Lucas' winning pieceLucas' winning piece (Image: The Wakkie Ink Company)

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The Great Western Tattoo Show was the first tattoo convention for Swindon, and was organised by Gary Watts from Black Heart Ink tattoo studio Swindon. The event was held next to the steam museum. 

Jo said: "We are over the moon with Lucas' win. He has worked hard over the years to perfect his art and it is definitely well deserved. 

"It was an amazing experience for us all and we are looking forward to making it out as a studio again to another convention."