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Mark Glasgow’s worst flash tattoo event to raise money for mental health charity SAMH

A tattoo artist has to hold a flash tattoo event to raise money for a mental health charity after being forced to deal with his own issues during lockdowns.

As well as making a name for himself as a tattoo artist, Glasgow-based Mark Worst is one of Scotland’s leading street artists, known for his large-scale murals.

Inspired by the decorative floral arrangements of Art Nouveau and the intense imagery of Japanese tattoo and manga culture, his bold, illustrative style had a direct impact on his tattoos, making them as instantly recognizable as his longer pieces. large scale.

His early years as an artist were spent refining his drawing, which is seen in his intricate yet precise compositions and his delicate use of whip shading, which leaves an intricate texture in the detail of his tattoos. Since beginning his tattoo career more than five years ago, Worst’s hugely popular work has seen him take up guest spots at studios in London, Derry and Rotterdam, with more international work at the horizon.

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Now there’s a chance to get a tattoo by him and raise money for the Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH) when he hosts his tattoo flash event in Glasgow on Saturday August 13.

He said he hoped the event would not only raise money for a good cause, but also encourage people to talk about mental health.

“I’ve been looking for a way to raise money for a good cause for some time, because it’s something I’ve never done before, and I’d like to start using my talents for positive change” , did he declare. said.

“I thought a tattoo event could not only raise money for charity, but also start a conversation between me and my clients/online audience about mental health, because I’ve had a positive experience with therapy and I know the benefits of talking to someone about your issues.”

Worst added, “During the lockdown in 2020, I was unable to work for a long time which forced me to reflect on my own mental health. helped overcome a lot of issues that I wasn’t fully aware I had before talking to someone Not everyone can afford professional help so I opted to raise money for SAMH, which provides support and resources for people with mental health issues and works in many communities across Scotland.

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He came up with a set of designs for the event inspired by nature.

“I found that taking a day trip to walk through a forest or swim in a lake had a profound effect on my own mental health,” Worst said.

“Designs include flower arrangements, frogs and dragonflies, and I will be posting more in the week leading up to the event, where I will tattoo as many designs as possible in one day.”

He’ll be at Dusk and Rebirth’s Downtown Studios beginning at noon Saturday.