RUTH'S VISION FOR THE STUDIO:
Eternal Tattoos was established in 1990 just after Ruth started tattooing at the end of 1989. She moved to Dorking in 1998 with her idea of creating a comfortable and fun environment for our tattoo customers.
The studio first started as a 'Walk-In' studio, and rapidly became very popular. During the first few years, Eternal Tattoos then virtually became an appointment only studio.
She decided to relocate to Dorking High Street in 1995 as the studio was doing so well. Eternal Tattoos had started to win awards and the studio steadily increased its loyal customers list.
For over the last 8 years, we have had the same artists based at the studio, allowing us to run the studio and attend worldwide tattoo conventions. We are one of the leading tattoo studios in Surrey and the South East.
Our idea today is to still to create a comfortable and fun environment for our tattoo customers, whilst achieving the high standard of tattooing we have become known for. We now offer appointments and have 'Walk-In Saturdays allowing our customers to plan and book their tattoos, or if they want something small, then they can turn up and have it tattooed on 'Walk-In Saturday' without an appointment.
Thanks to our customers who have remained loyal to us over the years - you know who you are!
Ruth took her art 'O' & 'A' Level a year early at school in Croydon,Surrey, then she was accepted a year early at art college back in 1986/87 studying her Foundation Course in Art & Design. She then was accepted on a course to study Graphic Design but after finding lots of new friends in Bristol, she didn't fancy moving down to Bridgewater so took a year out to have lots of fun!
After deciding that it would be time to move back to Croydon, she luckily got a job being an apprentice at Patrick's Tattoo Studio in South Norwood, South London in early 1989. Her jobs were washing the floor,making tea,drawing designs,learning how to make needles and all the usual jobs, without getting paid! At this time Ruth met Lee from Worthing, Mark Lee & Gary Gordon/Winter who gave her a few bits of advice like Gary 'Whats stopping you being a tattoo artist, if you really want to do it then just do it!'
Ruth ended up working from her studio at home, f or the next 5 years, but also working from another private studo in Holland and motorbike parties with the approval of the Netherlands Tattoo Association. She nearly moved there, even had lessons to try to learn the language! Ruth never advertised for work as word just spread about the quality of her work thru' friends, and also the same in Holland- she would be booked up for the times she would go to Holland.
After years of being offered a job at Barry Louvaine's in Garrett Lane, Earlsfield, London, Ruth accepted the job where she worked at for 2.5 years. This was completely different than working from the studio at home as customers would queue up and wait, which would then put loads of pressure on, as everyone who waited wanted a tattoo! Some early starts and late finishes!
In early 1998, Ruth opened up Eternal Tattoos in Dorking, Surrey. There was no one else there tattooing, so she got down to a busy tattooing career. The studio started as mainly walk-in customers with Ruth being the only artist. Over the next 7.5 years, various people have helped out at the studio including artists and receptionists but this has proved to be a difficult job to find the most suitable! During this time, Ruth tattooed at Dunstable with Theresa Gordon & Chris Cougar in 1995, she tattooed at Poole, Isle of Mann 'TT' Races, Birmingham, Carlyon Bay, Belfast, Southern Ireland, and many many more tattoo conventions.
Ruth took the massive decision in March 2005 to relocate the studio to Dorking High Street which finally opened on 31st July 2005. Eternal Tattoos have gone from strength to strength since then, appearing in Skin Deep magazine with a 7 page article, 2 Centerpieces in Tattoo Ideas Magazines, and lots of photos of tattoos in other publications including Total Tattoo, International Tattoo Art, Skin Art, Tattoo, Tattoo Life, Bizarre, The Dorking Advertiser & The Surrey Advertiser.
Ruth has tattooed at various tattoo conventions & studios worldwide including Hamburg, Berlin, Calgary- Canada, The Canary Islands, Breda - Holland, Austria, and also in the UK, in Derby, Birmingham, Belfast, Poole, Dunstable, Bristol, Doncaster, plus many more....and also visited various conventions including Amsterdam and London .
The crew at the studio is Ruth, Robb, Stevie & Matt.