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November 27, 2017

I'd like to start by introducing myself. My name is George Scharfenberg

I was born in Staten Island, New York in 1974 but spent most of my childhood in Sarasota, Florida.
Growing up I was always interested in art and drawing, spending a lot of time in the art room at school even over the summer break.
I was lucky enough that the art teacher would let me into the art class while she was working.
I never had it in my head that I would become a tattoo artist as my parents weren’t tattooed.
The only contact I had with tattoos at the time was my Grandfather who was heavily tattooed
as he served in the army during WW2.

At the age of 13 my family moved to Belfast, Northen Ireland. At the same time my Uncle and his family moved back to Belfast from the United States where he served time in the army. While he was in the army he learned to tattoo and on returning to Belfast he started one of the only studios in Belfast in 1987. This is when I was introduced to the world of tattooing properly.
I would help out at the studio sometimes with stencils and helping customers with choosing designs, etc.
I studied graphic design at college receiving a HND in Graphic Communications in 1998. From there I had
odd jobs but hadn’t started tattooing yet.

I officially started my apprenticeship in March of 2000 and have worked at a few diffent studios over the last few years.

I am now a resident artist at Belfast Tattoo Collective full time. I have worked at several conventions over the years such as the Northen Ireland Tattoo Convention,
Dublin Tattoo Convention, Leeds Tattoo Show, Manchester Tea Party, East Coast Expo and a few others
along the way.

I enjoy tattooing illustrative designs and black and grey style work. To see more of my work check out the galleries. Please feel free to contact me with any ideas or projects you
might like to make into a tattoo.

Thanks and good luck, George
 

About

  Thanks for visiting my website. My name is George Scharfenberg, here's a breif history of how I got to this point in tattooing. I was born in Staten Island, New York in 1974. But spent most of my childhood is Sarasota, Florida.

Growing up I was always interested in art and drawing spending a lot of time in the art room at school, even over the summer break. I was lucky enough the art teacher would let me into the art class while she was working. I never had it in my head that I would eventually become a tattoo artist as my parents were not tattooed. The only contact with tattooing I had growing up was from my Grandfather who was heavily tattooed. He got most of his tattoos while serving in the army in WW2.

In 1987 my family moved to Belfast, Northen Ireland where my mother was born. At the same time my uncle (my mothers brother) had returned to Northern Ireland with his family after leaving the US army where he learned to tattoo over ther years while traveling with the army.

Once he moved back to Northern Ireland he opened one of the first studios in the city. At the age of 14 I was hanging around the studio and would help out with the day to day goings on such as stenciling designs and talking to clients.

  I  studied graphic design and passed my HND course with merit in 1998.  

  I offically started my appreniceship in March of 2000. Over the years I have worked at a could of differnt studios, but now work at Belfast Tattoos Collective.  

I really enjoy most styles of tattooing. But love making new school style tattoos and also black and grey style work as well.

Please feel free to contact me about your tattoo ideas. I would love to hear what ya got.

Thanks for taking the time to read this and good luck, George

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