TATTOO MACHINE DESIGNER AND BUILDER,SEE GALLERY FOR FRANKS HAND BUILT GIBEON METEORITE IRON AND CAST IRON FRAMED LINER AND SHADER TATTOO MACHINES.
My name is Frank Miskimmon and I have been involved in tattooing form the Year 1985 while liveing in the great City of London,back then it was quite hard to get started in the tattoo industry.
From the start tattooing was of great interest to me,coming from the docks area of Belfast known as Sailor Town,back then in the late fifties and early sixtes Belfast had a very busy port,there was always hundreds of seamen and dockers going about their business, I was always amazed at some of their tattoos when I could catch a glimpse of them.It was my admiration of these people that made me decide to start my own tattoo collection and got started on my first tattoo at about fifteen,after the experience of getting my first tattoo,I was hooked.
Some years later a career in the merchant navy as a marine engineer gave me the opportunity to travel to hundreds of ports around the world and to visit some great tattoo shops,meet some great artists, have some work done and have some very interesting conversations about their art.
After visiting most of the places that I wanted to visit I left the merchant navy to work ashore and took up residence in the Isle of Man.When I first started tattooing it was initially as a hobby tattooing freinds and family,at first I was happy doing this but after a few years I new that I had to take it a step further. Realizing from the start doing good tattoo work was not as easy as a professional tattooist makes it look.I new it was not going to be easy teaching myself the finer points of how to apply a good tattoo but that's what happened.With a strong will to succeed ,a keen eye for detail and observation,a lot of sleepless nights,blood sweat and tears working out the technical side of things,encouragement and total support from my lovely wife Sally everything came together and we made it happen.We opened are first studio also called The Spectrum in Hildesley Road Douglas about eighteen years ago and then moved to our current location in Broadway Douglas about ten years ago.In that time I have tattooed thousands of people from all walks of life and from all corners of the world and loved every minute of it.You never stop learning new things about the art of tattooing and my keenness to learn even more has never been blunted,this in turn keeps my passion for tattooing as strong as ever and insures that I keep improving as a tattoo Artist and to produce work of the highest level.