Legendary boxer Mike Tyson praises Abergele tattoo artist's work
08 August 2012 |
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EYE-catching designs by an Abergele tattoo artist have caught the attention of legendary fighter Mike Tyson.
The former world champion boxer revealed he was an admirer of Jay Hutton, 22, after contacting him via Twitter.
Jay, whose designs include an intricate image of Mike Tyson's face, was asked by the heavyweight legend to compile portfolio of his best designs.
“I was absolutely gobsmacked,” said Jay.
“I have done a tattoo of Tyson on my brother - and I sent a picture of it to him on Twitter.
“I was shocked he retweeted me - but to private message me is a completely different matter.
Iron Mike contacted the former Emrys ap Iwan, Abergele, pupil asking him to make a tumblr account featuring his tattoo work, so he can share it with his 2,438,167 followers via the photo sharing website.
Jay began his career as a tattoo artist at the age of 18 at New Skin Tattoo in Belgrano. He has since opened his own shop, Adrenaline Tattoo Studio, in Ellesmere Port.
Jay has also attracted the attention of another pair of boxing big hitters.
“Lennox Lewis got in touch with me first commenting on the picture, and then Evander Holyfield - I couldn’t ask for anything more,” he said.
Pop star Samantha Mumba has also messaged him on Twitter, saying she wished he had a store in California, and that she loves his work.
Jay is currently working on a Mike Tyson sleeve for his 25-year-old brother, Danny, which once complete, will consist of ten images of the boxing legend which will run down his left leg.
For more information or to view his work visit http://twitter.com/JayTAT2 or his Facebook page Jay Hutton.