Ellesmere Port tattoo artist Jay Hutton will turn judge for a new E4 programme showcasing body artists.
The Welsh star of E4's Tattoo Fixers will be giving his views on a new E4 programme that searches the country to find the best all-round tattooist, pushing them to their limits and testing their skills.
Jay, whose studio Adrenaline is on Chester Road in Ellesmere Port, will be joined on E4’s Tattoo Artist of the Year by renowned artist Rose Hardy.
The 26-year-old, who got engaged last year , broke the news on Facebook: "I am pleased to announce that myself and the awesome Rose Hardy have a brand new tattoo show coming to E4 very soon - E4’s Tattoo Artist of the Year.
“You guys will see professional tattoo artists from across the country compete in different challenges designed to push them to their tattooing limits and test the range of their tattooing skills.
“Judging their creative eye, ingenuity and talent will be myself and Rose.
“The tattoo artists competing will take each other on in a series of tasks, designed to test their tattooing ability.”
He added: “Each episode consists of two different challenge briefs - the first based around a theme, the second around a style of tattooing – it could be Japanese, traditional, realism, surrealism or watercolour.
“Each week, an artist will be eliminated as the competition heats up until only one remains and is crowned and given the esteemed title of Tattoo Artist of the Year.”
But he kept fans in suspense keeping tight-lipped about when it will hit our screens saying: “Keep your eyes open for the adverts guys! Coming soon to E4.”
E4 has commissioned Studio Lambert to make six 60 minute episodes.
Dom Bird, Channel 4’s head of formats said: "We’re thrilled to be able to bring this battle of the best professional tattooists to the E4 audience.”
Studio Lambert’s creative director, Tim Harcourt said: "The appreciation of tattoo artistry shows no sign of abating. E4’s Tattoo Artist of the Year will showcase our nation’s talent for tattooing, their brilliance, originality and creativity.
"This series is a great platform for our best up and coming artists to show their passion for ink. Additionally this competitive format is an exciting and dramatic way for viewers to discover the many different styles of tattoo art on offer.”
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