Sealed in ink: International prize win for tattoo artist

Piotr Wojcik with his international tattoo award
Piotr Wojcik with his international tattoo award
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A tattoo artist has inked his name into the history books after winning an international convention award.

Piotr Wojcik, of Aylesbury Ink, won first place in the large black and grey design at the Northampton International tattoo convention after seeing off more than 50 other competitors.

It hands his company a further boost after moving from Griffin Lane to its new premises in Aylesbury High Street in February.

He said: “I’m really pleased. Just like music, tattooing is a hobby and is a passion.

“It’s hard work and it is a big passion of mine.

“If I don’t enjoy something then I don’t do it.

Mr Wojcik’s winning full arm sleeve design was a mixture of a woman’s face and skulls on a male customer at the convention.

“I really like to do black and grey designs as they are my favourite,” he said.

The Polish tattoo artist has spent 13 years working in the trade and moved from his homeland to the UK in 2007 but it could have all turned out differently were it not for a stroke of luck.

He added: “My country is a pretty good place but I asked my friend what the price of a ticket to England was.

“But by accident he just paid for this ticket for me.”

Six years later that plane ticket has paid dividends for the tattoo artist.