Nine years ago a group of talented tattoo artists burst onto screens in a bid to transform the nation’s worst tattoos — but Tattoo Fixers ended four years ago, so where is the cast now?
E4 viewers witnessed five years of impressive tattoo fixes, with artists Alice Perrin, Lou Hopper, Jay Hutton, Steven “Sketch” Porter, Glenn Carloss, and brothers Pash and Uzzi Canby covering up some of the worst ink in the UK. And, of course, they were joined by their talented receptionist Paisley Billings who, along with Sketch, was the only cast member to appear on all five seasons of the reality show.
After bursting onto screens in 2015 and keeping viewers entertained for five seasons with some of the best tattoo transformations of all time, Tattoo Fixers aired its last episode in 2019.
Over the years Alice, Lou, Jay, Sketch, Glen, Pash and Uzzi were responsible for turning some of the nation’s rudest and crudest (and sometimes even DIY) tatts into detailed works of art, leaving no visible trace of the original ink.
Guests would come to the studio in Hackney and the artists would face off against one another to design their tattoo cover-up, with the best one winning the artist the opportunity to perform the fix.
But, now that years have gone by since they were working together in Hackney, what are the cast of Tattoo Fixers up to? Are they still pursuing the craft or have they inked their last tattoo?
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Alice Perrin was a firm favourite on Tattoo Fixers, joining the show for its second season, which began at the end of 2015.
After completing a tattooing apprenticeship and fine arts course at Hereford College of Art, Alice got her start working at tatt show Dermagraphica, before making her way to the Tattoo Fixers studio in Hackney.
It might have been her personal experience with dodgy tattoos that made her so good with the customers on the show, since she’s had more than one botched tattoo of her own covered up.
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“I wanted a tiny heart on my shoulder and the man that did it just made it disgusting, I didn’t think it would be possible to get a heart wrong but he did,” she revealed to Channel 4.
“It was so awful, I had it covered up with a lady and a moon sort of thing.”
Since the show ended, Alice has continued working as a tattoo artist. She shares her beautiful designs, which range from colourful floral patterns to detailed animal sketches, with her 345k fans on Instagram.
She also ditched the London scene and is based in her hometown of Hereford again.
Before Alice Perrin joined Tattoo Fixers, Lou Hopper was the female artist on the show. Lou competed against Jay and Sketch to prove that her designs were the best and to be the one to fix up their customers’ botched tattoos.
Although she only stayed on the show for one season, that seems to have been enough to launch her into tattoo stardom, as she now owns her studio.
Like Alice, Lou left the bright lights of London behind and went on to open The Tattoo Collective in Brighton, where she lives with her partner Andy Cox, who is a pattern making specialist.
She focuses on nature and historical tattoos, and her Instagram page is full of animal designs.
Lou recently shared that she’d done a sweet nature and bird-themed tattoo to cover up a customer’s mastectomy scar.
She shared her delight at the project, saying, “It always means a lot to me that I’m able to help people with such deeply personal pieces. Thank you for the trust you put in me to do this.”
2015 marked a big year of success for Welsh artist Jay Hutton, as not only did he start working on Tattoo Fixers, but he also opened his own tattoo studio called Adrenaline. It’s located in Cheshire, and his brother Danny also works there. He did both jobs until 2018, when he departed from the series ahead of Season 5, saying it was time for a change.
After exiting the show, Jay tied the knot with his long-time girlfriend, personal trainer Monica Rose Hutton. However, the pair haven’t been spotted together recently and are missing from each other’s recent Instagram posts, so it’s possible they’ve since called it quits.
In 2019, Jay went back to work for his first employer McDonalds — although the move was only temporary and part of promo for the fast-food chain.
Speaking highly of the establishment, he said: “Working at McDonald’s gave me skills for life that helped me on my path to becoming an entrepreneur. McDonald’s was my first job, and it gave me the tools and confidence to build my own business.”
Jay is still running his tattoo studio and has gone on to become an artist for a ton of British celebs, including Chelcee Grimes.
Stephen “Sketch” Porter
Sketch Porter was another original cast member of Tattoo Fixers, appearing on all five seasons of the show. He got his start as a kid by giving his dad at-home tattoos, but he was offered a professional job in a studio as soon as they saw his work.
“To mark someone on their skin with something that they’re going to carry forever is an amazing thing for an artist,” he later told Channel 4.
Sketch was already a successful artist when he joined the cast of the E4 show, having opened his own studio Reppin Ink in London in 2011. He still runs the studio and specialised in complex black and white designs, sometimes interspersed with colour.
Although he has a public Instagram account, Sketch tends to keep his personal life private. Though the Daily Star did report that he got married and welcomed two daughters.
It seems one of his daughters has even followed his footsteps, designed his favourite tattoo for him. “It’s probably not my best tattoo, and a lot of people would say ‘it’s terrible, it’s too deep and it’s scarred’, but my daughter’s one is probably the most meaningful.”
Along with Sketch, actor Paisley Billings was the only other Tattoo Fixers cast member to star in all five seasons of the show.
After working as the receptionist in the Hackney studio, she went on to pursue different types of acting. First she appeared in the TV movie Break a Leg in 2019 before returning to TV to star in an episode of On the Edge and two episodes of The Emily Atack Show.
Paisley then turned her hand to theatre, joining the cast of Six the Musical for its 2021 to 2022 West End run. As an alternate, she took on the roles of Catherine of Aragon, Anna of Cleves, and Catherine Parr.
Sharing a picture of herself in costume on Instagram, Paisley celebrated how far she’s come.
“Sometimes when I hear the rumble at the top of the show, I have to remind myself I’m not dreaming. This is really my life right now. Blessed & Grateful,” she wrote.
Glenn Carlos was another one-season wonder on Tattoo Fixers, appearing in the show’s fourth season.
Unlike some of his co-stars, Glenn turned to tattooing later in life, first having a brief career as an electrician.
Though he started out practising on his own legs, he quickly found success. And after his stint on the show helped boost his profile, Glenn went on to work at a studio in Belgium, before opening his own place in 2022.
Glenn put down roots in Essex when he opened Fleetwood Tattoo Co. and is thrilled that this is his full-time career.
“I’m grateful to be able to do something I love every day!” he gushed in a social media post.
He continues to focus on bold, colourful designs and realistic portraits.
Pash and Uzzi Canby
Brothers Pash and Uzzi Canby joined the cast of Tattoo Fixers together at the beginning of Season 5 to replace Jay and Glenn. And although they only appeared for one season, the close knit siblings made an impression.
They’ve remained close, going into business together to open their very own tattoo studio, White Room Tattoo, in Plymouth. They also run a side business, ICONINK, which they bill as “an exclusive tattoo experience for the elite and celebrities.”
It’s also an online show, produced by White Room Productions, that includes interviews with their clientele, which includes the likes of Russell Brand.
“ICONINK Interviews is full of fun and games, heartwarming stories, breathtaking tattoos, with some BIG surprises along the way,” their website reads.
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It hasn’t been all work and no play, though, as both brothers are happily married.
Pash and his wife, property professional Natalie Canby, share a son, while Uzzi shares two kids, a son and a daughter, with his partner Milla Tonny.
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