My name is Bethan Francesca and I am 32 years old. I have always had a passion for art, particularly for pencil drawing, photography and arts and crafts. I have studied art and design at GCSE, A level and university level; my university study was in the form of art and design subject leader within a Primary Education degree. My passion for art has nurtured, and in turn been influenced by, my perfectionist personality.
I have had an interest in conventional tattoos since I was about 14 years old, which grew with intensity the closer to 18 I got and continued to grow once I had my own. When I was 19 I looked into becoming a tattoo artist but quickly realised it’s ‘who you know, not what you know’ and I didn’t know anyone in the industry so didn’t get far in finding anyone willing to invest the time needed to train me. There is no regulated apprenticeship schemes for tattooing as yet so it requires finding someone willing to spend their spare time training you, alongside their full time job, not something many are willing or able to do.
I then had semi permanent eyebrows done and started to wonder if that could be an option for me because I could pay to train in that field. I saw the potential for real job satisfaction and numerous potential avenues to expand my practice into in time, including the potential for it to create connections in the tattoo industry. I was, and still am, interested in training in areola reconstruction and medical tattooing as well so a Semi Permanent Makeup Diploma seemed like a great starting point for me.
I completed my training in March 2015 with Finishing Touches whose innovative approach ensures that their training and products are one step ahead. Everything they do is carefully researched and tested before they bring it to the marketplace, they offer the latest innovations, underpinned with a solid educational keystone. Since its formation in 1997, Finishing Touches has made an enormous contribution to micropigmentation not just in the UK but throughout the world. Today they are a leading product supplier and provider of semi permanent make up training, medical tattooing courses and digital skin needling.
My experience with SPMU then sparked my interest in other complimentary beauty therapies so I decided to train in a selection of other treatments and looking to do more qualifications in the future.
- Diploma of Excellence in Cosmetic Tattooing with Finishing Touches Ltd
- Eyelash Lifts
- Eye Enhancement (including eyelash tinting, eyebrow tinting & eyebrow shaping)
- Mesotherapy Skin Rejuvenation – MesoME & Meso+ (microneedling)
- Salt and Saline Tattoo Removal
- Laser Tattoo Removal
- Carbon Laser Skin Rejuvenation
I had a treatment room at home and worked in a salon in Bath for 3 years and my business was growing slowly but surely.
In October 2016 I met my partner, Stu, who is also a tattoo artist. He happened to work round the corner from my salon so I started spending every spare minute I could watching him at work and that reignited my love for tattoos and dream to be a tattoo artist, having previously started to think that that wouldn’t be a job I’d be able to get into due to the difficulty in finding an apprenticeship.
In August 2017 I then met a tattoo artist from Silver Street Tattoo Studio, Midsomer Norton, and having spoken a lot about tattooing, he suggested I meet with his boss, who immediately offered me an apprenticeship, as well as being able to do my beauty work from the studio alongside my apprenticeship, so that I could financially support myself while learning to tattoo, win win!
I joined them in the studio in February 2018 and it felt as if everything just fell into place. My beauty business went from strength to strength, while I learned the tattoo trade. I took to it incredibly well, having already had a few years of experience with needles, skin, healing and so on, which put me in a really strong position to learn conventional tattooing.
Gary, the owner, and his partner Gill welcomed me into the studio with open arms, and in October 2018 Stu joined us in the studio as well and we’ve become like family now, working together to grow the studio and we have some exciting plans for the future together! I couldn’t have asked for a better team to work with, I feel so privileged and I can’t thank them enough because this opportunity means the world to me!!
I have become so busy that I am now only offering SPMU, facials, tattoo removal and tattooing. In terms of tattooing, I specialise in mandala/mehndi, floral, pepper shading, dotwork, geomteric, single needle and watercolour styles, but do offer most styles.
Stu and I now have a son, Seth, who is currently 1 1/2 years old and the light of our lives. I want him to grow up knowing that anything is possible and dreams really do come true!