Ok so we all know that tattoos are a major love of mine. You only have to look at me to see that I’ve spent most of the last 7 years inking my thoughts, memories and passions onto my skin, so imagine my surprise when I was wandering through Shoreditch one Saturday afternoon to stumble upon a HP pop up at Truman’s Brewery offering free ink for life…
The team at HP ink were thrilled to learn I was a blogger and encouraged me to join in with the event – they had erected a pop up tattoo studio in the middle of the courtyard (fully health and safety compliant I must say) and had invited three of London’s very best artists to ink the lucky winners of their tattoo roulette challenge. Yes you heard that right, tattoo roulette. I was invited to take my place on the podium to eagerly await the verdict – would I receive a free tattoo to be done there and then OR would I receive a brand new HP printer and free ink for life?
(This is going to be a photo heavy post, just to warn you…)
You can imagine my absolute joy when the screen landed on a picture of a tattoo machine meaning that I had won a tattoo! Luckily, while I’d been waiting my turn I’d been making up my mind as to what I would get if I won a tattoo – I always keep new ideas and designs on my phone as there’s so much work I still want to get done so it was just a case of sorting through these ideas to decide which one took my fancy that day. I ended up selecting an anatomical heart design to be tattooed in the style of a vintage medical illustration – this was tattooed on my left forearm to cover up some self harm scarring from when I was younger. I look at it as not only the symbol of life over what was the very opposite, but also a symbol for courage and a reminder of what I still want to achieve in my lifetime.
I was lucky enough to be tattooed by the fantastic Toby Gawler – I was blown away by the design he drew for me and I adore the finished product – it was one of the best tattoo experiences I’ve ever had although it was a little strange to be tattooed in front of an audience in the middle of Brick Lane. I had tourists leaning right over me while Toby worked and snapping photos – I did wonder if that’s a little like how it must be to get tattooed at a convention.
As I was the last person to be tattooed that day, I did have a little wait. After exploring Brick Lane for a little while with Aftab, I spent the rest of the afternoon with the amazing team from HP Ink and I couldn’t thank them more for looking after me so well. After offering to write up about the event on this here blog of mine, the team also gifted me with a printer and free ink for life! I was absolutely over the moon – especially as the ink offer works amazingly. When you sign up, HP will send you your ink in the post. Your printer will recognise when it’s running low and alert HP again who will simply post out the new cartridges to you – there’s no need to run to the shops or worry about running out when you have something important to print. You get 15 pages a month for free but if you do print more than that there is a small charge – it’s all based on the number of pages you print however so it’s very easy to control and I couldn’t recommend it more!
I will also disclose that, while the printer and ink were gifted to me, I was not asked to review the product just absolutely over the moon to receive it! A huge thank you again to HP for such an amazing and spontaneous day – and a huge thank you for the drinks after the event as well! I had the best time with you all and I’m over the moon with my printer and tattoo!
I hope you guys have enjoyed seeing the pictures from the event – let me know in the comments below if you liked the tattoo, have any tattoo ideas of your own, or if you would use the free ink for life service too!