Tattooing girlfriend's arm earns artist prize

21:59, Nov 27 2013
Award winner: Vaughan Morris has etched his way to a national award.

Twenty hours of work on his girlfriend's arm has won a Paraparaumu man an award at the New Zealand Tattoo and Art Festival.

Tattoo artist Vaughan Morris, of Paraparaumu's Individual Ink, won the Best Black and Grey award at the festival over the weekend for his work on the arm of girlfriend Jessica Boniface.

"She was like, 'should we enter it?' And I was like, 'I don't know, may as well'.

Top tattoo: Vaughan Morris’ design on girlfriend Jessica Boniface won the Best Black and Grey award at the NZ Tattoo and Art Festival.

"I was surprised to win. I've won awards before, I've got seven, but not at this festival."

Mr Morris has been tattooing for seven years, and said he fell into the job.

Self taught, he said tattooing seemed to match his style of artwork best.


He said as a bonus to winning the award, it was "awesome" to have his work judged by American tattooing "pin up girl" Sabina Kelley, from US television show Best Ink.

Mr Morris likes to focus on big jobs, and enjoys taking time to work on sleeves. The process of picking a tattoo is always up to the customer, but he likes to have a bit of creativity in his work.

"They often come with a basic idea, and we throw ideas around and come up with something cool.

"I'm really lucky to have this job . . . I really enjoy it."

Kapiti Observer