My name is Bethan Francesca and I am 30 years old. I have always had a passion for art, particularly for pencil drawing and photography. 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.
When I was 16 I became very interested in conventional tattooing and, after having my first tattoo a couple of years later, this interest grew and I began to design tattoos in my spare time, designing tattoos for myself as well as friends and family. I looked in to becoming a tattooist but soon found that tattooing is an incredibly hard profession to enter into due to limited opportunities for apprenticeships with skilled mentors who have the time to invest in you. Therefore, my love for tattooing and desire to become a tattooist seemed like a far away dream and in time I began to accept that drawing and designing tattoos may never be more than just a hobby which I enjoyed.
I then had semi permanent eyebrows and began thinking… Maybe this could be just what I’ve been looking for! Maybe this could be the ‘job’ which will give me full job satisfaction, whilst being rewarding, sociable, challenging and diverse! It hung around in the back of my mind for a long time but I was in my second year of university at the time and I knew I needed to see out my 3 year course; plus I was feeling the pressures of ‘adult life’ and becoming self employed can be so risky these days… However, I completed my university degree and the thoughts were still lingering. I faced a cross-roads in my life; I could either chose to pursue an employed job with long hours, unpaid overtime, limited promotional opportunities, high stress and relatively low income (my view at the time had become very negative of this option as I wasn’t sure it was for me after all) just to have a stable income which may allow me to buy a house; or I could take a serious look into my options around semi permanent makeup and see if it could offer me something more rewarding and appealing…
I have always wanted to find a job which doesn’t feel like a ‘job’, and when I began looking into becoming a semi permanent makeup artist I quickly realised that it was exactly what I wanted to do. I saw how challenging and diverse it could be, how flexible it could be (I could possibly even work it around a tattoo apprenticeship if I chose to pursue that option alongside it), how rewarding it could be to help people (particularly those with low self-esteem, alopecia, hairloss, etc), and how there are a range of complementary qualifications I could later look into, such as medical tattooing, scar rejuvenation, tattoo removal, and more… I suddenly had something which made me excited to get out of bed in the mornings, excited to learn more about it, to speak to people about it and I was willing to make any necessary sacrifices in order to achieve my goal.
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 beauty 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
In August 2017 I then met Jayke Bishop, a tattoo artist at Silver Street Tattoo Studio. We spoke about tattooing and he gave me some advice on getting an apprenticeship as I was still very much interested in trying to get an apprenticeship to work alongside my beauty treatments. I had been spending a lot of time in a tattoo studio in my spare time, watching and learning to set up and clean down, and Jayke said it was clear that I was really passionate about getting into tattooing and ended up saying they may consider taking on an apprentice in their studio as they were relocating into a bigger, better studio in the new year. After meeting Gary, the owner of the Silver Street Tattoo Studio, I was offered an apprenticeship, and in February 2018 we all moved into the new shop. Gary, his partner Gill, Jayke and his partner Katy (who does hand poke tattoos at the studio) all welcomed me into the studio and it’s been great to be able to do my beauty treatments from the studio while I learn to tattoo. 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!!