CLARE HAMPSHIRE | TATTOO ARTIST

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Hello! I’m Clare Hampshire, I’m a girl from Melbourne who loves art, music, traveling the world and patting dogs.
I’ve been tattooing for 14 years, and drawing and painting for as long as I can remember. Two years ago I opened Hot Copper, a tattoo studio where I get to hang out with my best friends and make art every day.

 

WHAT’S A NORMAL DAY FOR YOU?

A normal work day usually involves getting up around 7am, yoga, tea, drawing for the day, going to work, tattooing usually 2 pieces per day, leave work, come home, walk dogs, drawing for the next day, painting, reading, sleep. Repeat.

 

AFTER TATTOOING FOR SO LONG, IS IT EVER HARD TO KEEP EVOLVING AS AN ARTIST AND FINDING NEW INSPIRATION?

I don’t really think too much about trying to evolve my style with tattooing. There have been times in the past where I’ve thought really consciously about changing my style or adding new elements, but any time I try and do that it just kinda fails or I don’t keep up with it consistently. I think the best way to evolve is to just be aware of what’s going on around you with the people you work with, and other artists you like, and then it kind of happens organically. I always check out the work the other artists in our shop are doing, and ask them questions about how or why they did certain things. We also check out a lot of galleries together, and have a lot of great conversations over our communal drawing table about things we’ve seen or stuff we’re really into at the moment whether it be art, music, books, docos, etc. I also do a lot of oil painting and try to learn a lot about artists outside the tattoo world which helps to keep things fresh and interesting.

 

FAVOURITE PHRASE, MOTTO OR LYRIC?.

“Never trust an artist who tells you he has a choice.”

 

 

 

WHAT’S A SPECIAL TALENT YOU HAVE THAT NOT MANY PEOPLE MAY KNOW ABOUT? 

I know all the lyrics to Shoop by Salt n Pepa.

 

YOU’VE ACCOMPLISHED SO MUCH IN YOUR LONG CAREER TATTOOING, WHAT’S NEXT?

About two years ago I started getting really into oil painting, and now I’m totally obsessed with it. I have a joint solo show coming up at Off The Kerb gallery in Collingwood in July with Kat Weir, so I’ve been working really hard to get my paintings ready for that. It’s really nice to do something that’s so different from tattooing, and to be working on a project that’s just for me, without having to work to a clients’ brief or think about whether they’re going to like it. I’m hoping to keep doing more paintings, more shows, explore new ideas, and learn as much as I can!

 

NIGHT IN THE CITY OR DAY AT THE BEACH?

Night in the city for sure. I’m too pale for the beach!

 

ARE YOU BINGE WATCHING ANYTHING AT THE MOMENT?

I’m really into all of the docos on SBS On Demand! They have such a great selection so I’m working my way through all of those. Ooh and I’m about to start the new Twin Peaks! Yay!

 

WHAT’S A MOMENT THAT’S TAKEN YOUR BREATH AWAY?

Last month I saw Patti Smith at Festival Hall. I almost didn’t go, I’d had a huge day at work and was starting to get sick so I was feeling super tired and shitty and just wanted to go to bed. But I dragged myself along and I’m SO happy I did! From the moment she started singing I was totally blown away. Her voice sounded incredible, and I would have been impressed seeing that much energy from anyone, let alone from a 70 year old woman! The music was amazing, but I think what I loved the most was what she said between the songs. I’ve never been a fan of artists talking too much between songs, but I didn’t want her to stop! It was one of the most beautiful, inspiring and empowering shows I’ve ever had the pleasure of watching. What a woman!

 


You can check out Clare’s work on her  instagram  or website
or  pick something up at her webstore. Her shop Hot Copper is host to a number of
incredible artists so be sure to check them out!
x

 

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