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As a Tattooist: Paul started tattooing when he was 26. Working in studios around Sydney, Australia, he honed his craft doing walk-ins and custom jobs. He then left the industry for a while to pursue travel, writing and his comic book work. Recently, in the last two years, he has come back to this amazing artform.

He now specifies in GEEKY orientated tattoos. He uses his 10+ years experience in the Comic book art world and translates it into amazing, bold and vibrant tattoos. With very few people actually specialising in this field Paul is able to bring to life any dream that a customer may have. From a Hellboy sleeve to a small Pokemon wrist tattoo. Paul always take the time to sit down and make sure that you receive a quality, affordable and unique tattoo that brings to surface the inner Geek.

He currently resides in his own appointment only studio. Paul also tattoos when he travels for Comic book conventions. If there is an event coming up and you would like some work done, you may contact him on Facebook.

As a Comic Book Artist: Paul started working in a comic book store in Newtown, Sydney, Australia when he was 21. It was at that time he went to his first comic book convention and developed an interest in drawing comic books after seeing David Yardin’s portfolio. He produced his first book “How Abstruse”. More of a fanzine and a social commentary on his life, his father saw it and suggested that he do it properly. 6 issues later he had drawn his first series The Cyst – originally a post apocalyptic story (later it was converted to a spoof under the guise of Chicky Edward). A writer by the name of Christian Read spotted his work and teamed up with him to do a proposal for a Graphic novel called Witch King. It was accepted by a local publisher by the name of Phosphorescent comics.

That series took about 4 years to complete part time. Once he had completed it he moved onto a series by the name of The Watch. It was only web published. Burnt out he took a break from comic books for about 4 years and then came back to it under the guise of Chicky Edward. He published two books under that name The Cyst and The Big Burlesque Variety Show. Both were meant to be in poor taste… and they achieved it.

He then decided to follow his dream. His career went into overdrive and he set off for the promised land, Big Apple Con in New York. He even pitched a book to the well known Reality TV series, American Chopper. The following year he went to San Diego Comic Con. There he met some of the biggest editors and started to make some contacts.

Since then he has work numerous national and international comic books.

Pre 2011

  • The Cyst graphic novel
  • Witch King graphic novel
  • The watch; Cathexes first part, web comic
  • The Big Burlesque Variety show trade.
  • Heroine Addict web comic

2011

  • Velocity Anthology #1

2012

  • Zenescope’s 1000 Ways to Die graphic novel
  • Showdowns, Shoot outs and Rivalries online childrens book
  • Killeroo: Gangwars
  • Zenescope’s Grimm Fairy tales: Angel one shot
  • Zombie Cities

2013

  • Zombie Cities 2
  • Decay #15
  • 10 IDW My Little Pony sketch covers

Currently he’s working on two creator owned projects: The Left Hand Path, a modern supernatural horror written by Jason Franks (a 6-part series), and Enormis, a sci-fi steampunk thriller written by Hayden Fryer (7 very long parts).


Paul looks forward to meeting all his fans in Sydney in June 2016, and will participate in signing sessions on Friday (2:30pm – 5:30pm), and throughout Saturday (10.30am to 5.30pm) and Sunday (11am to 5pm).

This information is correct at the time of writing but please check the Event Programme for the final timetable, including time and location within the events.

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Previous Appearances

  • Adelaide 2013
  • Brisbane 2013
  • Brisbane 2014
  • Gold Coast 2014
  • Gold Coast 2015
  • Gold Coast 2016
  • Melbourne 2014
  • Melbourne 2015
  • Melbourne 2016
  • Sydney 2015
  • Sydney 2016

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