Tattoo artist gives resort the needle

Dave Pugh tattoos Pinhead from the 1980s horror classic Hellraiser onto a customer.
Dave Pugh tattoos Pinhead from the 1980s horror classic Hellraiser onto a customer.
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A TATTOIST is enjoying a new lease of life after relocating to Lancaster city centre.

Dragongate Tattoo Studio has moved from Regent Road in Morecambe to the former Book Room unit on Meeting House Lane.

And owner Dave Pugh said the move, from what he described as a “cold and windy corner” just off Morecambe seafront, to slightly warmer climes near Lancaster Railway Station, had paid dividends.

“We are in such a better location – when these premises came up for sale we just couldn’t miss the opportunity,” he said.

“I was in Morecambe for four years but it was never so busy at this time of year because nobody walked down the prom in winter and shops were shutting down.”

Dave, who is 42 and has four children, has lived in Morecambe all his life, and has been a practicing tattooist for eight years.

No stranger to ink himself, Dave had his first tattoo at The Flying Fox Tattoo Parlor in Morecambe by the late Joe Lee, who he described as “a great inspiration”.

“He told me to tattoo like I play the guitar,” said Dave, who was a guitarist in the renowned local folk-metal band Sky Clad.

“I’ve tattooed my own son who is 19 and I take great pride in getting every tattoo right because it’s my ultimate form of advertising.”

Dave has taken an apprentice, Adam Hardman, under his wing, and they have now worked together for two years.

“I think the most important thing when you tattoo someone is to instantly know when they may be unsure, I never tattoo someone who feels uncertain,” added Dave.

The shop opens from 10am-5pm, Monday-Saturday.

For more information visit www.dragongatetattoo.co.uk or call 01524 874232.