Adam Ruff is a tattoo artist who works at the renowned Parliament Tattoo in London. Even though he has only been tattooing for a few years, he is already well respected on the scene for his style (which without a shadow of a doubt we can define as a surprising Traditional). Let’s get to know him a little better and find out more about his Book of Lines, which you can find in our digital library.
Hi Adam! Would you like to introduce yourself to our readers?
I’m Adam Ruff, 33, living and working in London.
When did you start tattooing and how would you define your style?
I started 6 years ago and my style is based on Traditional with some extra details.
Has it changed over time?
It’s been a very short time I’ve been tattooing but I believe it has changed over time; the subject matter, colours and general approach have all changed considerably, although it has always been based on Traditional.
Is it important for you to also paint and draw, besides tattooing?
For me it is as important as the tattooing itself. Drawing and painting is essential for strengthening and sharpening your tattooing, taking it to the next level. It’s also a really good opportunity to get ideas out that sometimes aren’t possible given the restraints of a tattoo.
I find it very meditative and refreshing as I don’t have to be so precious as I would when tattooing.
What are your favourite subjects and techniques?
Animals, fantasy characters, magical elements, redos of classics and loads more. Colour is my favourite, but sometimes it really depends on the subject matter and the mood I want to create.
Where did the idea of this eBook come from?
I emailed Miki a submission for Tattoo Life Magazine and he replied asking if I would like to do the ebook, so it was a no brainer as I had tonnes of drawings and stencils lying around.
What are your projects for the future?
I always have lots of projects floating in and out of my head. My main focus at the moment is a series of backpiece concepts as this is where I would like to take my tattooing this year. Other projects will have to remain under lock and key for the moment!