Travelling for Wheels…

Lee created this intricate design of connected wheels recently. The customer had been recommended by my eldest son and came in a few weeks ago for her first tattoo… a little paper plane on her wrist. She was delighted with the result and re-booked for this very delicate and complex tattoo. 

 What I absolutely love about this customer is that she has really undertaken some research before getting her first and second tattoo and ensured she booked with a talented, experienced and skilled tattoo artist. She travelled 2 hours and 40 minutes each way to be tattooed by Lee. So often people, who are willing to travel thousands of miles for a holiday lasting just a week or two,  are not willing to travel any sort of distance for a tattoo that will be on their body forever.   Going to the nearest tattoo artist may not always be the clever choice. 

Absolute respect to this customer for doing her homework and making the long journey to West Wales, and of course respect also to Lee for the magnificent tattoos he has created for her. 

Bliss of a kiss … 

Lee recently created this stunning tattoo which to me represents absolute and true love.  I can only see total beauty and absolute bliss in this kiss.

I think it’s just wonderful that the customer wearing this beautiful piece of art has today made an enquiry about having the single red rose that Lee created yesterday with his watercolour pencils.  That rose will be another totally unique and special tattoo for this customer. 

A symbol of love … 

A single red rose has been the symbol of love since right back in the Roman days when Venus the  Goddess of Love was associated with roses. It is a true symbol of unconditional love for life. 

When you are married to an artist this is how he shows his love for you … 

Designer bright cotton playsuits … 

On browsing thorough my 1980’s Make it Easy set of patterns I came across an idea for a gorgeous playsuit. I love summer holiday playsuits but sadly the two vintage playsuits in my wardrobe are too small. (I am going to shrink into them one day honest!) 

I cut the pattern suggestion onto brown paper and used this stunning  bird fabric in bright blue, red and green.  The bow, frill and turn ups were added from my imagination to make this playsuit our very first, totally original, Trashcan Emporium design.


The elasticated waist and bust make it so easy to step in and out of, and the lack of straps make it perfect for avoiding those holiday tan strap marks. Plus of course, no vintage inspired playsuit would be complete without a matching do-rag. 

If you would like to buy one of these gorgeous playsuits then they are just £30 each and of  course have a free matching do-rag. 

I have lots of lovely fabric available;

  • Red cats and dogs
  • Red Scotty dogs
  • White owls
  • White hearts, flowers, butterflies
  • Red little heart
  • Blue rabbits and toadstools
  • Cream cup-cake
  • Light Blue dragon fly
  • Bright blue dragon fly


If you would like to order a playsuit then just  drop me a message indicating your usual dress size, waist size and chest size.  

All orders will be completed beginning of September and if you are unable to collect from our studio then postage is just £2.85 ❤️

Day of the Dead Tattoo 

Lee created this amazing Day of the Dead tattoo yesterday. He spent a fun afternoon listening to Irish Punk and inking this black and grey shade calf piece for his very happy customer.  The white highlights that he added in contribute to a pretty awesome end result. 

Animal print for the skint …

I bought a gorgeous little remnant of animal print fabric and have been making cute stuff with the material.  Animal print clothes and accessories are an absolute must for a real retro rockabilly look of course. 

The shorts were created from a series of patterns called “Make it Easy” that were published back in the early 1980’s. My sister kindly rescued them from her attic for me and I’m having great fun deciding what I’m going to make (and laughing at the 1980’s fashion shoots). They were literally made in an hour and I added the little bow at the waist because I’m a proper girly girl! 

The shoe clips, hair slide  and do-rag to match are just so simple to do with the left over scraps. 

All on a remnant of material … perfect animal print for the skint huh? 

Tiger breaking through skin tattoo …

Lee did this completely awesome tiger today … Honestly and truly I stand in awe of his skill and talent … Every customer through the door of his quirky Main Street studio leaves with pretty spectacular ink that will be complimented wherever they go. 

A super cool doggy hand tattoo ..

Lee did this super cool doggy hand tattoo yesterday and the customer is a Vlogger who filmed the work from start right through to the beautiful end result.  I really like seeing how the tattoo takes shape and I really think the end result is just awesome. The customer was very happy and has her gorgeous doggy sitting on her hand forever.  I know Lee is my husband but damn that man is mighty talented … You can see the movie here Doggy hand tattoo https://youtu.be/0JVLmKPuecw

Happy Birthday to me…

It is my birthday today … I am old now … very old! However, I do actually love birthdays as Lee always makes me something arty farty and wonderful as my present. I love the excitement and surprise. I love knowing he is working hard in his little studio creating something beautiful for me. My present today was very beautiful penmanship of a poem I wrote for Lee on the day we got married. The first time he heard it was when my sister read it aloud at our ceremony. I just love that he has taken my words and created a permanent memory of our wedding day with beautiful calligraphy and roses. What do you think? 

An elephant first tattoo…

Lee had a customer in  for her very first tattoo today. She was originally coming in for a teeny elephant but then was inspired for something bigger than first intended … I think this Mehndi style elephant tattoo is really pretty and the work is so intricate! Another satisfied customer at Foreverart  ❤️