Graphic, illustrative and Japanese contaminations: this is Hayden Thompson – from the Empire Tattoo Studio in Melbourne (Australia).

There are many different ways to interpret Blackwork, and this is his own interpretation… in a nutshell!

“My name is Hayden Thompson and I’ve been tattooing for three years. I would describe my style as high contrast blackwork/Japanese blackwork which I’m currently working on developing. I got into tattooing by immerging myself in the industry. I was attending every convention and getting tattooed two or three times each weekend. When I travelled to New Zealand and the United States, I got tattooed by a bunch of artists whose work I love. Eventually my local shop offered me an apprenticeship when I stated that I wanted to pursue tattooing and push my art. I work in Melbourne alongside talented artists – and good friends – at Empire Melbourne.”

Follow Hayden Thompson on Instagram: @haydenthompsontattoo