DAVE AYRESFor 20 years, Dave Ayres - who died in a road accident on 25 January, 2009 - ran Skin Deep Tattoos in West Street, Old Market, Bristol, and won more than 100 awards for his tattoo art in competitions across the globe.
Dave learned his art from one of his partners at Skin Deep, Mike Osbourne, better known as Ozzy, who said: “He is recognised the world over for his bold, bright, colourful work.Tattooists would see something and know he had done it.
“He was also known for his speed, he would do something in two hours that would take someone else seven, and it would still look amazing.
“Dave was like a builder. Someone would give him the idea, then he would get on with it.
“He liked big, bold, colour work, the bigger the better. He always said ‘if you’ve got a canvas then fill it’."He was such a character. He was a one-off. When they made him they broke the mould. Once you met him you would never forget him.”
Dave, 43, alsohad a passion for motorbikes and big American cars, and used to own a black Cadillac.
He was a huge music fan – anything from rockabilly to punk – and was a roadie across Europe for local bands Frenzy and Torment.
Clive Metti, another partner at Skin Deep, said: “It’s like a family at the shop. We met through a love of tattoos and music.
“The Skin Deep boys were always at conventions, we were always phoned by people saying please come to our show because they wanted the top names.
“Dave was one of the biggest names in tattooing worldwide.
“My brother went to Thailand about 10 years ago, and saw an article in a tattoo shop that was about Dave.
“He was an influence on other tattooists, but he wouldn’t do a tattoo if he thought it wouldn’t work.
“He wouldn’t just take the money. If he did a tattoo he would just ask that people show it off and tell people who did it.
“I’ll remember him for his generosity. For every pint you bought Dave, he would buy 20 back.
“He would give without ever wanting to return.”
Dave was married to Anna, and had four children, Charlie, 14, Daisy, 10, Rosie, eight, and Olly, four.
His Harley Davidson was in collision with a car. Friendslaid flowers outside the shop and at the spot where the crash took place.
One bouquet, from Kevin and Alison Dimaggio, read: "Dave will be sadly missed. Rock'n'roll won't be the same without your presence."
Another, from Kim, Guy and children, said: "A sad loss, RIP Dave."
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he was proud, and so was I in dunstable 1994
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Tribute to Dave in the Bristol Evening Post
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Dave Ayres photographed by James Sandercock
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Dave, Gonzo and Danny at Steve Sage's Bully's tattoos USA
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London Tattoo convention
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dunstable sept 1990
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Dean Phillips, Lee Jarman and Dave at The StrayCats, Brixham in 2008
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Martin and Dave at Boss Hoss '09
Left by Martin Blake:
PROPER TATTOOIST !!!!!! love always Reno and Hayley Portsmouth x