Ronnie makes his mark at tattoo exposition

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BOSTON tattoo artist Ronnie Goddard has added another two awards to his already considerable tally.

The 27-year-old triumphed at the East Coast Tattoo Expo 2010 in the male large and small black and grey categories.

The event, held recently in Essex, attracted entrants from across the country, as well as some international artists, and has taken Ronnie’s awards total to an impressive 19.

“It’s all good,” Ronnie, of Church Lane, told The Standard. “It keeps me going. Other artists from all over the world are getting better, so it keeps me on my toes.”

The winning male large design is tattooed on the back of Jed Green, 34, of Stickney. It took ‘at least 20 hours’ to complete, said Jed, across a number of sittings. It is the third of his tattoos to bring home an award.

“It’s getting quite normal now,” he said. “I’m carrying around art.”

The winning small black and grey design is tattooed on the left arm of Craig Young, 20, of Boston. It is, by contrast, Craig’s first tattoo to win an award.

“I really like that one,” he said. “That’s my favourite.”

Earlier this year, Ronnie collected the coveted Best Tattoo of the Show award at the Peterlee Tattoo Arts Festival. Past winners have included Louis Malloy, the artist who designed David Beckham’s back tattoo of a bald, winged, angelic figure.

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