Some artists follow traditions-they have a rulebook, and they live by it. Some play around a little, attempt to re-write the rules. But some, very few actually... throw the rulebook out the fucking window.

One of those people, is lettering tattooist Jimmy Scribble. Over the years, this Leeds-based artist has built a completely original style of script tattooing-a method through which the words themselves are completely unreadable. When we first met, hearing Jimmy’s motives, his processes, was completely inspiring. I was dying to share his work with you. People like him make the industry so forward-thinking, so interesting, so daring-for me, everything tattooing today (not should be, but) can be. Let’s get this show on the road...

DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE.
A mash-up of calligraphy, graƒti and West Coast American-inspired letters. I try to keep it unique and ‘in-yourface’, more of a design than a piece of writing.

The more unreadable the better. I get the same question all the time... “but what does it say?” Why would people put it on their body permanently just to be readable to others? It’s for the person wearing it, and it makes the piece that bit more interesting to the wearer, and those looking at it. Each letter is a piece of art. I love how you can take one letter and change it a hundred di‘erent ways. You can't really do that with much else without changing what it is.

WHERE DID IT ALL BEGIN FOR YOU?
I've always loved art-in school, my art teacher was a graffiti artist, and it kind of went from there really. When I first started creating art, I never thought about having a specialty, but as time went on I knew I wanted to make my mark somehow. For me, lettering was something I could draw for hours on end and never get bored.

WOULD YOU EVER TATTOO SOMETHING OTHER THAN SCRIPT?
Probably not. Lettering is the only thing I'm interested in. Why go to somebody that specialises in lettering for something else, when there are so many amazing artists in every corner of the country?

WHY DO YOUR CUSTOMERS COME TO YOU?
A lot of the time I tattoo quotes that mean something personally to the client. It might be a line from a poem their grandma used to read, or lyrics from their favourite song or film. But I also get clients that see one of my pre-drawn designs and they relate to the wording for whatever reason.

People get these tattoos as they are unique, you don’t see them often and to me, that speaks for itself. I'd rather my work stand out for it being di‘erent... that way I've done what I set out to do.

WHAT ARE YOUR OWN PLANS FOR THE FUTURE, AND WHERE DO YOU SEE THE FUTURE OF SCRIPT?
I haven't really thought too far ahead. I just know I want to continue making a name for myself, making friends within the industry and creating unique custom lettering and see where that road takes me. What more could I ask for? I feel that script will always be around no matter what. Most people who have tattoos, have at least one script piece... But I’d like to change how people look at lettering. The public often glance past it and don’t truly consider it great artwork. They see it as just a bunch of letters with fancy swirls. That's something I'd like to alter in the future... really show people how unique it can be.

From January 2017, Jimmy will be working at Artist Crew Tattoo Studios, Leeds.