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Kevin was interested in art from a young age. At the age of 6, he started out on his artistic path by drawing caricatures of the people in his local pub when his Dad used to take him there. He was trainer mad as a young boy and would normally spend hours drawing pictures of shoes such as the new Nike Airs or Reeboks. It wasn't until the age of 12 when he went to work with his Dad in Leeds that he first laid his eyes on a tattoo.
The tattoo was of a cartoon Elvis Presley and it was on the arm of one of his Dads work colleagues. It was at that point when Kevin started to fall in love with tattoos. He started off by buying every biker and tattoo magazine that he could get his hands on from his local shops, just so he could look at the different tattoos and designs that were in them. Not long after discovering his love for the ink, his brother and sister went to get their first tattoos. Kevin began to ask all the questions he needed to and uncovered all the information he needed to know about how tattoos were done. After doing some research, he soon learnt how to build his very own tattoo machines and began drawing designs of roses and panthers for the kids that he went to school with.
Kevin was not the biggest fan of school and it didn't take long before he got asked to leave due to tattooing some of the other students there. Eventually, he managed to get hold of some proper tattoo machines that somebody was selling in the local paper. With not being in school, Kevin was spending all of his days and nights drawing and tattooing, trying to build and develop his skills. It wasn't long until Kevin himself decided to go under the needle. He got his first tattoo by a local tattooist back in 1991, it was a tattoo of a naked lady with a snake wrapped around her. It was at that point when Kevin knew that he wanted to be a tattooist.
At the time, tattooing wasn't a big trade, so Kevin had to get a factory job, as well as doing tattoos alongside to help himself get by. Kevin continued to improve his skills and become far better at tattooing, and in 2002, he decided to go full time as a tattooist. He worked in several different shops across the country for the first few years, establishing himself as an outstanding artist. It was in 2006 when Kevin decided to open his very own studio. He called the studio 'Monsterz Ink' and it was based in Burton-on-Trent.
Over the years, Kevin soon got tired of tattooing tribal bands, so he began to create his own style of tattooing which was considered to have quite a dark feel to it. A lot of his inspiration was from an artist called Paul Booth, who's work he had seen in a lot of the magazines he had bought whilst growing up. Kevin started going to a lot of tattoo conventions across the country and introducing himself to many different artists from all over the world. This is where he met his good friend Jason Butcher. Both Jason and Kevin worked in a very similar style and Kevin learned a lot from him about tattooing such dark imagery. It was at this point when the demand for Kevin Paul began to get bigger and bigger. The more people that got tattooed by him, the more people wanted to get tattooed by him. Due to the massive increase in work, in 2007, he decided to relocate to Derby and open up a bigger, better studio which he named 'Seventh Day'.
In 2008, Kevin was contacted by Bill Drummond from the hit band of the 90's KLF and was asked to record a piece of music. Although this was outside his area of expertise, it was none the less a great experience for Kevin and was another impressive piece for his ever-growing portfolio. It was only a year later in 2009 that Kevin received a phone call and was asked to tattoo Cradle of Filths' Dani Filth backstage at the world famous music festival Bloodstock. The local newspapers and music magazine 'Metal Hammer' all did interviews with Kevin after tattooing Dani, and he even ended up tattooing Fredrick Anderson from Amon Amarth the same day. Not long after tattooing at Bloodstock, in 2010, Tyler Hoare from the band 'Blessed By A Broken Heart' contacted Kevin about getting some work done whilst they were in the UK on tour and Dani Filth also came back for some more work but this time he went to Seventh Day to get it done. Things were becoming more and more interesting for Kevin and the word of his amazing work was spreading fast.
It didn't take long before Gym Class Heroes front man Travie McCoy got in touch with Kevin about getting some ink. A meeting was arranged which Kevin attended but unfortunately, Travie could not make it as he got rushed to hospital with a bad stomach infection. Whilst at the meeting he had arranged with Travie, Kevin bumped into world famous magician Dynamo who he exchanged details with and was asked to go back the following week to meet a new band on the scene called the Rizzle Kicks. He went back the following week to meet the Rizzle Kicks who booked in just a few weeks later to get tattooed. It was only a week after meeting Rizzle Kicks that Kevin was contacted by televisions ' The X Factor' and was told that several of their acts wanted to get tattooed by Kevin. With the celebrity interest and client base vastly increasing, Kevin felt that it was time to set up a private studio where his work could be done behind closed doors. He moved out of Seventh Day the following week and opened up his private studio 'Kevin Paul Tattoo'.
In his first week of being in his new private studio, Kevin tattooed Harley and Jordan from Rizzle Kicks, followed by Derry from X Factors 'The Risk' just a few days later. This attracted a lot of media attention for Kevin and got him articles in both local and national newspapers. It wasn't long before Kevin was making his mark on the likes of famous actor Paddy Considine and worldwide number one selling musician Ed Sheeran. After visiting Ed and tattooing him at his house in London, Kevin was then invited to go and stay at Ed Sheerans house in his hometown, where he tattooed Ed once again. Since spending so much time tattooing Ed, him and Kevin have become good friends and are planning on doing a lot of charity work together in 2013. Ed has even returned the favour and tattooed his name next to a acoustic guitar on Kevins leg, but this was just the start of things to come.
The buzz for Kevin Paul was now becoming even bigger. His name was appearing in all of the national papers and all over the internet as the fans of the stars he had been inking were all talking about him. It was only days after tattooing Ed Sheeran for the first time that Kevin received a call from Aston Merrygold from the boy band JLS desiring some of his work. At first, it was all a little overwhelming and hard to believe for Kevin as it was all happening so fast, until he got a call from Harry Styles from the biggest band in pop right now, One Direction. Harry invited Kevin round to his house, along with Ed Sheeran, and Kevin tattooed both Ed and Harry on the same day. After inking Harry, every newspaper and magazine going was telling the entire country all about what Kevin had been up to.
Kevins' celebrity fan base continues to grow and it now includes the likes of X-factor winner Matt Cardle, Marcus Collins, Aiden Grimshaw, Frankie Cocozza, Dru Wakely (The Midnight Beast), Oliver Proudlock (Made in Chelsea) and many more to come. There has even been talks about Kevin making appearances on certain television programs and possibly even having his own show at some point.