Tattoo artist’s portrait of sitcom star gets airtime across the pond

Paul's portrait of Kelsey Grammer's sitcom character Frasier Crane
Paul's portrait of Kelsey Grammer's sitcom character Frasier Crane

A tattoo artist is celebrating after his handiwork went global and was featured on a primetime US chat show.

Paul Tipping is the man behind the tattoo portrait of American actor Kelsey Grammer which Thame sweet shop ownerAmy Fleming had inked on her forearm.

He was shocked to see the Frasier star talking about his workmanship on The Late Show with David Letterman.

The chat show host interviewed Grammer about his meeting with Amy on the set of his new film Breaking The Bank in London, and how he signed below his likeness so Amy could have it permanently inked on her arm.

Paul, of Lea Park, Thame, said: “My sister was the one who told me about it, and it was quite weird seeing my work on the TV!”

Paul, who co-owns O’Happy Dagger tattoo parlour with business partner Hayley Hayes in Amersham, was recommended to Amy by a mutual friend and welcomed the challenge of creating the celebrity likeness.

He said: “It’s not the most random one I’ve ever done. Portraits are quite a specialist thing and I was keen to do it for her.”

Paul – who estimates 80% of his body is covered in tattoos – has inked famous faces including Elvis, Marilyn Monroe and Daniel Day Lewis.

Click here to watch the clip featuring Paul’s work.