For any of you that have been to him for a tattoo or have seen his work on Instagram you will already know that 'Nipper' is one of the best script artists out there. But lets not get confused, he is definitely not a one trick pony. I was lucky enough to meet him last year at the London Tattoo Convention and as this years one is just around the corner I thought it perfect timing to find out some more about him. Here's what he had to say...
Hello mate. I'm sure some of the people reading this know who you are, but for those who don't please can you introduce yourself.
Hi, I’m Jake Paris Nipper and I’m a 27-year-old tattoo artist.
What does a normal day consist of?
My normal day consists of me getting up in the morning and going to the gym to wake me up and get me motivated for the day. I then make my way to the studio and get ready for my first client. In the evenings I would normally be drawing or spending time with my animals (which are my other passion) or snowboarding at the snow centre if it’s a Friday night.
The answer to the next question may be pretty obvious now, but I’m going to ask it anyway, what are your top three interests?
Tattooing, snowboarding and animals are definitely my top three interests.
Yep, I guessed it! Is there anyone you have met that you would class as a role model or an inspiration to you?
I get inspiration from all different types of people that I have met along the way. Every new person I meet or new artist I come across, I try and learn something from and try to take advice and wisdom from him or her.
That’s a great way to live life dude; everyone should always be open to learning. How long have you been tattooing and what got you into it?
I have been tattooing for around 7 years now. When I was younger I was always going from job to job never settling into anything or really feeling like I belonged to something.
I have always been interested around artwork, whether it was graffiti on the streets to me doodling in my schoolbooks. Growing up I went through a lot and ended up doing a lot of things I shouldn’t have been doing, whether it be drugs or vandalism or just getting up to mischief and trouble. Tattooing pulled me out of the shit and gave me a new addiction and something to focus on and put my all into.
Well damn, I’m glad you found tattooing then bro! It sounds like your life could have gone down a very different path if you hadn’t. So far, what have you enjoyed the most about being an artist?
The thing I enjoy most about being an artist is seeing and knowing that my artwork is going to be on someone’s body potentially for the rest of their life. You are giving someone a gift and you have to produce what he or she is thinking of in his or her own mind. And that can sometimes prove to be pretty difficult.
Do you have a tattoo that you would say has been your favourite to do? And, on the flip side, is there one that you know was your worst?
I don’t really have favourites and worst tattoos I’ve done, I’m constantly learning and wanting to drive myself so that every tattoo I do gets better and better.
Now, this one might be a bit tough for you but, if script was banned from tattooing, what style do you think you would most enjoy?
If lettering was banned from tattooing I would most probably end up doing something to do with neo-traditional but I am open to learn and try anything.
Ah, wasn’t so tough after all haha! What is your number one goal within the tattoo industry?
My goal within the tattoo industry is to be known as a professional and good quality artist who is also humble. I want to keep the passion for it alive rather than just doing it for the money.
Well I’m sure that if you continue to do what you’re already doing then you will achieve exactly that. Is there anyone you hope to work with/alongside in the future?
I would like to work alongside some of my favourite lettering artists like Big Meas, Big Sleeps, Sammy Taylor, BJ Betts and Mystic.
Shit son, some BIG names there! I know you have dotted around working and guest spotting in several shops. Do you ever plan to open a studio of your own? If so, where would it be?
I would love to open my own studio in the future at some point but I don’t know for definite when that will be or where it would be located.
Cool man, well make sure you keep me up to date when it all starts to come together. Now, slightly off topic but just for my own interest, I know you have dabbled in a little modelling. Is that something you would ever pursue a bit more?
I’m not a massive fan of modelling but I would still do bits here and there for friends.
Ah ok, I get ya. Where do you hope to be in 12 months?
In 12 months I hope to be more recognised in the tattoo industry and hope to be doing even more guest spots and learning from other new artists.
Last one before the quick fire round start! What can we expect to see from you soon?
You can expect to see more drive and passion and hard work from me, and I also have a few side projects I’m working on for the coming years.
Damn, I was hoping to get some exclusive info on future projects there! Now we’re at the part of the interview that we always finish with. The quick fire round, and yours will be ‘either/or’. So…
Fried or scrambled?
Fizzy or flat?
Fizzy and flat I’m greedy.
City or countryside?
Boobs or bum?
Boobs and bum, like I said I’m greedy.
On or off?
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