The hugely renowned master of black and grey Dark Style, Paul Booth recently celebrated twenty years in the business; he's a commanding figure on the tattoo scene, heralding almost frightening amounts of adoration, respect and fanaticism from the inked up crowd. As Wikipedia puts it so tersely, he's got one hell of a "Global cult following" going on. Anecdotes abound about that friend of a friend who managed to get a rare-as-diamonds appointment with the man himself and nearly died of shivery excitement upon stepping into Pauls creative space.
His waiting list is currently about two to three years long. For comparative purposes, most tattoo artists feel like they've made it once there wait list has hit the three to six months' mark...
Paul is based in New York where his tattoo 'theatre' (not parlour!) Last Rites, is also home to a number of other fantastic purveyors of the tattoo craft and features a regular rotation of quality tattooers / artists from around the world.
It goes without saying he's covered in ink, and his head tattoo (a Filip Lou piece) so uniquely recognisable that it's almost synonymous with a brand. His own site gives an adequate portrayal of the darkly mischievous character behind the art, photographed raising a blunt weapon up over a nun, and naming his general interest as "the dark side of the human condition."
Beyond his profession as a tattooer / artist and running his own studio, Paul is a member of the ArtFusion Experiment, and has his own media production company, record label and art gallery. This is a man who has made a real difference in many fields -- and thoroughly deserves his reputation, too! He's a lynchpin, a huge reason why tattoo artists and tattoos are now emerging in the conscience of mainstream artistic circles.