Saturday, 20 August 2022

Tattoo artist crowned champion at New York show

A TATTOO artist from Henley won seven awards at a tattoo convention in New York.

A TATTOO artist from Henley won seven awards at a tattoo convention in New York.

Glenn Cuzen, 34, of Caversham, was named overall champion after his geometric dotwork designs won him four first places for best overall female, best dotwork, best of Saturday and best back piece and two second places.

Mr Cuzen, who runs Top Gun Tattooing in Reading, said: “It was crazy. We were surrounded by all the top people in the world of tattooing and we didn’t expect this.

“We went over there for the one award, which was the work I had done on my wife Jade’s back. I was working on a client while we were out there and he won an award for best of Saturday. I also won best back piece and did a small tattoo on the Sunday which won second place in the best of Sunday award.”

Mr Cuzen was born in Henley and grew up in Vicarage Road with parents John, a bricklayer, and Sharon, and attended Trinity Primary School and Gillotts School.

He started out as a hairdresser but was encouraged to pursue tattooing by his mentor Dave Flowers in 2005, who spotted his intricate hair-shaving designs. His own tattoos include an owl on his hand and a geometric pattern on one side of his head.

After working in Spain, Mr Cuzen returned to the UK and opened his own tattoo parlour in 2011.

He regularly competes at conventions around the world and has also appeared on TV documentaries on tattooing.

He has tattooed celebrities including new Henley resident Russell Brand and model Calum Best, who recently opened a gym in the town.

Mr Cuzen said: “We have got some TV pilots coming up and we are doing Calum Best’s leg for a convention in Miami.

“It’ brilliant but as soon as something like this happens you have to step up again.”

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