Dominique Holmes

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Dominique began tattooing in 2002 whilst studying Art and Design. She went on to build her experience at studios in Manchester, Brighton and Kent, before joining The Family Business Tattoo in London in 2007. In early 2015, Dominique opened The Black Lotus Studio; an exclusive, private tattoo and art space in East London.

Alongside tattooing, Dominique has continued to produce and exhibit artworks across the UK and further afield, including a dual solo show with Mixed Media artist Mister Paterson in 2013. She is currently collaborating with Sculptor and 3D specialist K-Tee on a new artistic venture launching mid-2017. Dominique has also designed for a wide range of companies including Benson and Hedges, Snog, Bill Amberg and Penguin Books, and collaborates regularly with brands including Diesel, Black Pearl and Sauvelle Vodka.

Dominique’s highly individual and instantly recognisable style is inspired by traditional mehndi patterns, Sacred Geometry, ancient Islamic design, and Tibetan Thangka paintings, fused with Art Nouveau, Western tattooing techniques and contemporary art practises, and concepts of contemporary urban spirituality.

Dominique’s first book “The Painted Lady”, an exploration and insight into tattooing and tattoos for women, based on her own experiences throughout her time in the tattoo industry, was published in 2013 by Ryland, Peters and Small. Her second book is scheduled for release in 2018. She regularly consults on articles and speaks on panels and at events across the UK on the topic of Women in Tattooing.