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Notes from the road – Part 2

By November 25, 2016 No Comments

Hello again dear reader and welcome to another tale from the naughty step.  Well, actually this month it’s a shameless plug for some other ‘Naughty Step’ stuff.

Partly because I’m too excited to keep quiet about some of the new things I’ve got going on and partly because I’m still travelling from convention to convention (I’ve only been at my studio in the UK for 4 days in the last 12 months) so the things I really want to write about are going to take me a couple of months to process before infliction them on you.

I’ve been getting quite a bit of Naughty Step email recently and it occurred to me that I’ve only printed the address once so, if you want to send me mail, here’s the address: talesfromthenaughtystep@gmail.com.

I’d love to hear from you, especially if you have anything you’d like me to write about in the coming year and I’d love to hear your opinion on the state of tattooing in 2017 ( I figure it’s either 2017 by the time you’re reading this or very close to being 2017 – in which case Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all!!) It seems crazy that I’ve been writing this for over a year but, I’m going to carry on until someone figures out that I have no idea what I’m doing and – with your help – we might even be able to make a (small) change or two.
So, with that said, here comes the shameless plug.


I wrote a few months ago about Tattoo TV, It’s problems and possible ways to improve it for all of us and the betterment of tattooing as a whole. I’ve spoke to a bunch of artists who all feel the same way and are currently filming their own content but with no way of putting it out here and no platform for it.  Until – one day – a client of mine turned me onto the idea of ‘Vlogging’. Hmmm…..

So – for the last couple of months – I’ve done nothing but watch YouTube whenever I have a free moment (which hasn’t’ been often) and – as I’m on the read with plenty of nice stuff to film at the moment – I thought I’d take the opportunity to start my own ‘tales from the naughty step ‘Vlog’.  I’m learning as I go (Sometimes with hilarious results) but everyone who has seen the rough footage has found it entertaining.

The idea is to film the real life of tattooists. Ups, downs, warts and all (well, maybe not the warts!)  Hopefully I’ll be able to show clients who we really are and what we really do without any of the fake drama of ‘reality’ TV.  Hell, there’s plenty of real drama out here on the road!  By the time you’re reading this there should – at least – be a trailer showing what you can expect so, do me a favour, subscribe and tell all your friends to as well.

I’m going to get content from as many artists and contributors as I can as I meet them on my travels over the coming year so it should be really varied, entertaining and give viewers a pretty good look at all aspects of our world, some of the crazy, bizarre and plain dumb shit that happens and the amazing quality of art that is possible.  It’ll also let me discuss topics from the very column in greater depth and answer some reader questions too (that’ll be the Q&A section!)

I’ll also be asking YOU to get involved at some point too but I’ll tell you about that once I’ve learnt how my camera works!

You can find it here: https://www.youtube.com/paultlbt

 I’ve also set up an Instagram account for it – @thenaughtystep – where I’ll be posting clips and other ‘behind the scenes’ stuff for you to laugh at.

Until next time



About paultlbt

Paul Talbot is an award-winning, midlands based tattoo artist and graphic designer, producing both public and private work, in print, on screen and on skin. He describes his work as Karma.Punk™ Collages - stills from a postmodern, science-fiction movie set ten minutes in the future and his process as Re-examining Bits and Pieces of What’s Been Discarded in the Haste of the Late 20th Century and Sticking Them Together. ‘I’m a Good Old Fashioned Rebel Challenging the Notion that Tattoo Iconography is Relevant to a 21st Century Working-Class, 80’s Analogue, Comic Book Reading Suburban Rock’n’Roll Kid from the Middle of England.’ Paul has won a few of design awards here and there, including an industry award for ‘most innovative style’. He has also been nominated for a Grammy twice, is a published animal rights poet and producer of a number 1 hit single - all facts that he likes to drop into conversation whenever he can!