Kym Munster: I have been working as a tattoo artist since 2009.
Tat2X: What made you decide to become a tattoo artist?
Kym Munster: I hadn’t actually set out to be a tattoo artist at all. I had studied Medical
Illustration and Photography for a few years and was intending on getting into
Scenes of Crime or the funeral industry. It was only after meeting a few tattooists
here and there (and there wasn’t that many shops back then) that I thought, you
know, I could do that. The industry itself is so cliquey it is pretty hard to get
anyone to help you out. I was always a bit intimidated by tattooists to be honest.
Tat2x: How did you learn the art of tattooing? Did you apprentice?
Kym Munster: Well, I already had a few tattoos by the time I got into it professionally and I
remember grilling the guy doing my tattoos about how he got into it, what was
this, what did that do. I got offered an apprenticeship when I was working in a bar,
one of the regulars was opening up a studio so I got it. I worked for him for just
over 3 years. It was tough. I don’t actually like the whole apprentice tradition.
Kym Munster: There are many great artists out there but my favourites are Joshua Carlton, Xoil,
Bob Tyrrell and Volko Merschky.
Tat2x: Has any individual in particular influenced your career?
Kym Munster: No. I just wanted to do my own thing.
Tat2x: What would you say is your favorite part of the job?
Kym Munster: My favourite part is seeing my client’s reaction at the end. People can get very
emotional at times. It’s a very intimate job tattooing someone’s skin. It’s very
personal. I’ve had people burst into tears and give me huge hugs. It’s a wonderful
feeling to know that you have created something for a person and it moves them
That and the presents. I like getting presents. haha.
Kym Munster: That’s difficult. I’d say illustrative? I like lots of lines, personally, but I dunno.
Abstract? Arty? I give up.
Tat2x: What’s the most unusual request for a tattoo design you have ever had?
Kym Munster: I ’ve had too many over the years. One guy wanted a pair of eyes tattooed just
above this ass crack with the words ‘It’s rude to stare!’. umm No thank you.
Another time a girl came in wanting some script on her arm, so we went through
the size, the typeface etc and when asked what the actual quote was, she said
‘Oh, I dunno, something meaningful.’
Tat2x: Do you have any advice for aspiring artists tattoo or otherwise?
Kym Munster: Any advice I could give would be to be patient. You won’t pick it up overnight. Be
patient, be sensible and be clean. Tattooing isn’t some magical thing. It is a
physical application. Treat skin like another medium. Once you master that, the
possibilities are endless. Be modest, work hard and try not to be a dick.
Kym Munster: I listen to most things. Everything from the 1930’s era to black metal. I have a soft
spot for T Rex and I like a bit of classical too.
Tat2x: What are your favorite foods?
Kym Munster: I’ve been eating a lot of Italian food lately but I suspect that’s because I’ve been
rewatching The Sopranos. Does red wine count as a food?
Tat2x: What do you do to relax when you’re not at the studio?
Kym Munster: I still like to paint when I’m off but I’m usually hanging out with Ross (my
boyfriend) watching stuff like The Wire, GOT or anything serial killer related. I got
an Xbox One this year so killing zombies is a wonderful pastime. I read quite a bit
Kym Munster: We’re going to be working at the Scottish Tattoo Convention next year so if
you’re going to be there, come and say hello.
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