BRODIE Leisure did not grow up in a family of tattoo enthusiasts but the Roleystone resident says becoming a student of the art form was just something he always wanted to do.
Mr Leisure, now an accomplished artist with Spearwood’s Lost City Tattoo, says his first experience with tattoos was an eagle emblazoned on the forearm of a family friend.
He recounted how he just started at it – amazed.
“Tattoos have always really intrigued me,” he said. “I wanted to know how they stayed there, the process and everything about them.”
Mr Leisure – or the “Leisure Bandit” as he is known in the industry – has built a steady portfolio of pieces over the past eight years after bailing on a carpentry apprenticeship.
He said his favourite creations were ones where the customer was keen to have a bit of fun.
That includes turning comedian Bill Murray into a Bubble O’ Bill ice-cream, a sloth drinking from a coconut, or placing Steven Seagal’s head on a seagull’s body.
“It’s all good having a tattoo with a meaning behind it, or for sentimental reasons,” he said. “But you can get them just because you like them too.”
Mr Leisure said a recent job involved putting Dutch darts player Michael van Gerwen’s head on the body of children’s favourite, Shrek.
It came after the champion darts player claimed a World Series win in Perth in August.
“There’s always a story to tell the wife at the end of the day,” he said.
Mr Leisure will be one of 150 local and international artists featured at the three-day Australian International Tattoo Expo in Perth starting Friday.
He is already booked for the event, but encouraged people to come down and “say g’day”.
Australian International Tattoo Expo.
When Friday September 16 to Sunday September 18.
Where: Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Information/ tickets: tattooexpo.com.au.
You can check out Mr Leisure’s latest work by searching Leisure Bandit on Instagram