A KEIGHLEY tattoo studio has made its mark in a top competition in Blackpool.
Em Higgins, owner of The Little Tattoo Rooms, won two awards.
The accolades were in recognition of second place in the Small Black and Gray Realism category, with a Pet Portrait, and in the Best Female Composition section with a Floral and Bird Piece in Black.
The Little Tattoo Rooms – based in Fleece Street and part of the Royal Arcade – opened in April 2019.
His team has since grown to five and his services include tattooing, body piercing, solid gold piercing jewelry and scalp micro-pigmentation.
Em said it’s been a tough few years – due to periods of lockdown during the pandemic, and she’s had to undergo three major surgeries for ongoing complications from endometriosis.
But she says the team is “incredibly proud” of what the company has achieved and that the success of the awards was “still sinking in”.
Em was attending Tatcon Blackpool, a two-day international tattoo convention, with colleagues when she entered two award categories – and was among the winners in both.
“To be honest, I think he’s still sinking!” said Em.
“Getting the awards is mind-blowing and to do it with two such special pieces means the world to me.
“Pet portraits hold an incredibly special place in my heart, and the Best Female Composition piece for my client Fiona has honestly made a huge improvement in her body confidence – it fills my heart to see the difference in it and power to help my clients with that!
“Finishing second in both categories really thrills me. I’m super excited to help put Keighley on the map and look forward to attending more conventions in the years to come!”
The studio also organizes charity days.
In October 2019, he hosted a Tatts for Cats event.
And in March 2020, just before the first lockdown, he organized a fundraising day for Endometriosis UK – a charity close to Em’s heart because of his suffering with the disease.
The annual Tatcon Blackpool convention – held at the Norbreck Castle Hotel – features over 160 tattoo artists, as well as trade stalls, live bands, DJs, family entertainment and trophies in various ‘best tattoo’ competition categories.
This year’s attractions included a circus show, Punch and Judy, face painting and stilt walkers.