Although named Gypsy Spelling I present my artworks under the alias “Pencil Tattooist“, as my art style was developed from old school Tattoo images drawn directly onto my Double Bass using Pencil. Please read on…

“from the age of fourteen my love for music playing alternated between bass and six string guitar, while my drawing exposed a constant expression of artistic attitude.
The love I had for Tattoos was increasing; at school in trouble for covering my arms in pen drawings of skulls, spiders and all things scary.
I wondered if it would be possible to combine the passions of Tattoos and Music?

After becoming a full time automotive Spray Painter, I had myself tattooed and the music was beginning to come together (playing in many bands). I covered my guitars with airbrushed painted designs, then tried brushed paint, even scarification of the guitars, but all of these methods did not satisfy the style I was attempting to create, a Tattooed Guitar. The desired outcome had to be finished like (or better) a manufactured instrument.

For years I continued to trial and refine methods but not with great success until finding a strong relationship between Pencil & Artistic Sealer, and from this Double Bass Tattoo was born (9 May 2011). The name of the business has now been changed to “” which allows our brand to spread it’s wings internationally, as we are the PREMIUM Guitar Art business and don’t wish to be stifled by creating any confusion.
Utilising my artistic talents through the process of preparing the selected musical instrument (Guitar, Double Bass, Violin, Banjo, Ukulele or Drum), applying pencil detail to it, artistic sealer then clear coat to seal, producing depth, definition and a lifetime of unique imagery.
These Pencil Tattoos are applied to previously lacquered finishes or raw timber. The method of mixing both of the artistic & chemically proven features of these tools of Pencil Tattooing produce an amazing result that cannot be matched by any other previously used method.

Key factors to calling this style of Guitar art; Pencil Tattooing:
– approx same time to apply as skin tattoo
– once the clear coating is applied, the Tattoo appears as though it’s always existed there
– same or more level of detail, dependent on the surface texture
– longevity of instrument life

"the Guitar Art Revolution begins with Pencil"
We enhance Guitars & Drums using minimal sanding, and a blending technique that settles the Tattoo of Pencil, gently into the original finish.

Contact Details

Contact Name: Pencil Tattooist

Postal address: Barham Avenue, Warrnambool VIC 3280

Phone number: 0409 505 121

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