Whitby artist’s Beckham assignment

Replete working on the Forever Ink image
Replete working on the Forever Ink image
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WHEN one thinks of art in the Whitby area images such as those created by the Staithes group or a Sutcliffe photograph spring to mind, but now one modern Whitby-born artist is bringing his own modern style to the town’s canon.

Paul “Ralph” McCarthy, known by his stage name Replete, has gained a reputation as a world-class grafitti artist and last week he recreated the most famous tattoo in the world, with the assistance of the man who first designed it.

Tattoo artist Louis Molloy and, right, Whitby artist Replete

Tattoo artist Louis Molloy and, right, Whitby artist Replete

David Beckham’s Guardian Angel was created by Middleton-based tattoo artist Louis Molloy and now, 13 years after the ink dried. Louis joined forces with Replete to create an 8ft canvas depicting the wings.

Tattoo artist Louis said: “I am incredibly proud of the guardian angel I created for David Beckham and working with Replete was a great way to celebrate the 13-year anniversary and the launch of Forever Ink. A beautiful tattoo is a way of expressing yourself. It’s more than a decoration, it’s a piece of art that’s with you forever.”

Entitled “Forever Art”, the piece was produced live on Market Street in Manchester. The two artists worked on the piece for months and plan to donate the canvas to the world’s biggest tattoo museum in Amsterdam.

It also coincides with the launch of the UK’s first premium skincare range specifically created for the care of tattooed skin, Forever Ink, which also feature the wings.

The finished image, Forever Ink

The finished image, Forever Ink