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Ink in the blood for Toowoomba’s best tattoo artist

- JARRARD POTTER

FROM the time Ben Smith could read and hold a pen, he was tattooing.

The son of a tattoo artist, Mr Smith was six when he did his first tattoo on his father, and he hasn’t looked back.

“It’s fair to say that tattooing is in the blood,” he said.

His passion and dedication to the craft has earnt Mr Smith a loyal support base which helped him take out The Chronicle’s favourite tattooist poll.

“I just love creating things for people that they get to carry around forever and enjoy it,” he said.

“It’s one of those things where I just like making people happy, and what I can create for them makes them happy.”

Mr Smith said in his 22year experience in the industry there was no such thing as weird, within reason.

“The really extreme or rude stuff I leave it to others because your reputation is on the line, but other than that I find everything interestin­g,” he said.

“You don’t need an elaborate story to get a tattoo.

“Some people think it needs to have a massive meaning, but it could be as simple as ‘I like that’.”

This year Mr Smith launched his own tattoo business Whisky Time Tattoo alongside Scott Hornery.

“For a long time my dad told me to go out on my own, but I just never got around to it,” he said.

“But at the start of the year I just thought ‘why not give it a go?’ so I did,” Mr Smith said.

 ?? Picture: Nev ?? BEST IN THE BUSINESS: Ben Smith from Whisky Time Tattoo was named Toowoomba’s favourite tattoo artist in The Chronicle’s poll. Madsen.
Picture: Nev BEST IN THE BUSINESS: Ben Smith from Whisky Time Tattoo was named Toowoomba’s favourite tattoo artist in The Chronicle’s poll. Madsen.

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