Jai Gilchrist is an artist and a tattooist. Originally from Australia, she now lives and works in the East Midlands. As a tattooist at Epona Tattoo, Southwell, she draws energy and inspiration from her clients, creating distinctive and individual works of art that reflect the unique nature of the client--tattooist relationship. As an artist she is interested in the nature of the creative process itself and is the founder and creator of the fictional Curbar Ridge Association of Artists and Painters.
Tattoos by Jai
I have worked as a professional tattooist for 7 years, working during that time in Nottingham, Leeds, Matlock, Cyprus and now Southwell at Epona Art and Tattoo.
My favourite styles of tattooing include: stylised black and white patterning such as lacework, dot-work and woodcut-style; moving and flowing images that are designed for the whole body; full colour imagery and watercolour design-work. I also specialise in cover-up work.
With a background in fine arts and over 30 years experience working in the applied arts I like to work with my clients and see tattooing as a collaborative artform that involves both of us. This means I involve my clients in the basic conception of their Tattoo design, making sure each project is tailored specifically to their requirements and that they are aware of and happy with all of the steps along the way.
This usually involves a free consultation, either by email or in person, prior to the actual appointment. A little patience and conversation beforehand usually reaps better results and a happy client!
Arts - The Curbar Ridge Assocation of Artists and Painters (C.R.A.A.P.)
My practice involves the creation of artists as well as art. I have established a fictional collective of artists under the banner of the Curbar Ridge Association of Artists and Painters and each artist that I ‘create’ is designed to be perceived as an independent entity and has a distinct style, history and personality. I bring these to life on my website, at private views and gallery evenings by actors that I carefully coach to offer an authentic expression of each persona's aesthetic.
This process of creating artists alongside my artwork allows me to explore the world from different vantage points. By utilizing actors I open up and share this aspect of my creative process with the audience even as they remain unaware of the artworks true provenance. Through the curation of story, performance and visual art I am able to establish a dialogue between the 'artists', the artwork and the audience.
When I sell an artwork by one of my ‘artists’ it is accompanied by a unique artifact from that artist, usually a diary entry 'written' by that artist on one of the significant days from the creation of that artwork or a 'letter' from the artist to Jai. Limited edition prints will each be similarly accompanied by 'artifacts', each one unique from that artist’s personal history.
Further inquiries about my process and the exact artifacts that accompany each work can be directed to Jai herself here.