Virtual all-over body art, Shaun Slicker has used tattoos as a distraction and boost towards fighting Parkinson’s Disease he has suffered from since his early 20s. I welcomed him recently to the studio for a follow-up photoshoot and to have a catch-up.
I met Shaun approximately 3 years ago, after being introduced by a mutual friend who is a also very talented tattoo Artist. I met Shaun at his home, where we talked for ages about his condition, reasons for the tattoos, what the tattoos depicted, and his situation. The tattoos are mainly designed by him, and then transcribed by tattoo artists. They include Koi carp – the symbol for his rugby team, rugby balls, inspirational quotes, a skull, his children’s names and ‘Daddy’, ship wrecks and many more. I used natural light at his home for a few images.
The first time I met him his mobility was reduced and it was hard to see a gentleman who had obviously been very active, being part of a rugby team and with young children, needing a stick to walk with. He did, although, make it, after offering, to my studio and we continued with a few more studio shots using artificial lighting.
Earlier this month, Shaun wanting to come to the studio again, I saw a very different figure. My studio is now accessed by a flight of stairs which he seemed to manage quite easily. Apparently this is due to a tweaking of his medication and working out in the gym, but I’m sure his positive attitude has played a big part.
A couple of images from the shoot have since appeared in the MEN, the Mirror and Timebomb magazine. ( Please go here to see the images)