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We Have moved!We are no longer at our old digs in Marrickville, we are now in our brand new shopfront at LDF TATTOO, located at 26 King St, Newtown.

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Born in 1976, Les began tattooing in 1993, straight out of high school. He trained under his Dad, Master tattoo artist Les Bowen, who has been tattooing since 1959. Les worked for almost a decade at his Dad's famous Second Skin Tattoo Studio, with his Dad and brother Leon. Throughout the 90's, Les built a name for himself in the tattoo game, attending and competing at conventions around Australia and abroad.

It seems every tattooist and his dog these days boasts of being 'internationally award winning', and Les is no exception. The list of Les' awards is long, but several first place awards for tattoo portraiture at Australian national level (in 1995 & 2000), and awards for Best Large Tattoo and Best Design Sheet at the 1999 American National Convention in Philadelphia bear mention.

In 2003 Les moved to Sydney and focused his creative energy on attaining an Art degree, completing his Bachelor of Fine Art (majoring in painting) at the National Art School in 2005 and his Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours) in 2006. He has been a finalist in the Blake Prize for Religious Art in 2006, 2007\ and 2009, and in March 2007 won the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize - Australia's richest Art prize and the World's richest portrait prize. In 2008, Les was selected as a finalist in the Archibald Prize.

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