Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Tattooist Is Making His Mark on the Tech Sector

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Tattooist Is Making His Mark on the Tech Sector

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Byline: Graemewhitfield Business editor graeme.whitfield@ncjmedia.co.uk @Graemewhitfield

AN INTERNATIONALLY renowned tattoo artist has turned his hand to manufacturing after inventing tattooing machines that he sells around the world. Richard 'Bez' Beston, the owner of TripleSix Studios in Sunderland, started manufacturing tattoo machines in his spare time after he began suffering from arthritis.

The idea was to create a machine that was more lightweight than traditional tattoo equipment, with Mr Beston's inventions getting interest from other body ink artists who were also looking for alternative machinery.

After initially building the machines in an office above his studio on Fawcett Street, he brought in friend and colleague Tim Kingsbury to help him with the assembly and distribution of orders and added new products that he could make using 3D printers. Since he began selling his EGO machines, Mr Beston has diversified his products into other areas, including the dental and medical industries, as well as bringing to market a patented grip for the Apple Pen, aimed at helping people with a range of conditions to embrace new technologies.

He said: "I've always been something of an inventor.

"In fact, my career started as a games developer when I moved to the US at 21 and I've always been interested in designing and finding new ways to improve things.

"After taking a break from the industry, I started tattooing and I fell in love with it.

"Since then, I've tattooed people across the globe. I must've clocked up thousands of air miles!

"However, it wasn't until further down the line in my career that I decided to turn my hand to designing my own tattoo machines.

"I started suffering from arthritis a few years back and noticed that there was nothing on the market that could aid myself and others suffering from the condition, so I thought, 'Why not design and make one myself? …

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