Tattoo artist and Blackout Tattoo founder Rob Kelly at his studio in Sheung Wan, Hong Kong. Photo: Xiaomei Chen
Tattoo artist and Blackout Tattoo founder Rob Kelly at his studio in Sheung Wan, Hong Kong. Photo: Xiaomei Chen
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‘I practised on oranges’: how Hong Kong tattoo artist and studio founder Rob Kelly inked his own path

  • Blackout Tattoo founder Rob Kelly, 42, came to Hong Kong in 1994, when it was the ‘Wild West for teenagers’, and got his first tattoo aged 14
  • He started apprenticing as a tattoo artist in 2005 before opening his own studio five years later

Tattoo artist and Blackout Tattoo founder Rob Kelly at his studio in Sheung Wan, Hong Kong. Photo: Xiaomei Chen
Tattoo artist and Blackout Tattoo founder Rob Kelly at his studio in Sheung Wan, Hong Kong. Photo: Xiaomei Chen
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