Born and raised in the ever-changing, nitty-gritty streets of Detroit, Michigan, tattoo extraordinaire, Bob Tyrrell, is well-known around the world for his hyper-realism artwork that is rocking the skin of metalheads, artists, musicians and lucky fans around the globe. Beginning in his teenage years, Bob dabbled into his fascination for drawing, which was inspired by his Dad. During the almighty time of confusion, Bob threw in the towel on art and jumped head first into music by playing in heavy metal bands while continuing to work in a factory. He received his first tattoo at the age of 30 years old and began his trek into the world of tattooing at the age of 34 years old. Although considered late into the game, Bob has been featured on both LA Ink and London Ink. Bob originally worked at Eternal Tattoo in Michigan for six years prior to deciding to work on the road doing tattoo conventions and occasional guest spots in tattoo shops around the globe. Bob has taken part in the 2012 World Wide Tattoo Conference and has appeared as a special guest judge on Ink Master. Let’s check out some of Bob’s standout pieces from over the years.
The late and great founding member and frontman of Motorhead and metal genius, Lemmy Kilmister, was tattooed on one of Bob’s client. Living life on a steady diet of rock and roll and rebellion, Bob brought out Lemmy’s details in a manner that uncommonly seen in the world of tattooing within this piece.
Pat Morita, whose role as the dry-witted and wise, Mr. Miyagi, in the Karate Kid film was tattooed on one of Bob’s clients. The Eastern philosophy dished out on screen led to Pat becoming a well-known and loved on-screen hero to viewers around the world.
Known for his mohawk, gold chains and the supreme “I Pity The Fool” line, Mr. T, was tattooed on one of Bob’s clients. Mr. T was involved in the world of pro wrestling two times during his rollercoaster of a career and is known for his roles in movies such as The A-Team, Rocky III and T and T.
Guns N’ Roses superstar top-hat wearing lead guitarist, Slash, who shoplifted his first top-hat by placing it on his head and walking out of the store, is known to be one of the greatest guitarists in rock and roll history. This piece embedded into one lucky client’s skin is a highly detailed black and gray portrait.
The fictional character, revenge-minded and infamous story of Benjamin Barker aka Sweeney Todd from the dark, gothic imagination of legendary director, Tim Burton, was tattooed on one of Bob’s clients. As much of a musical as it is a horror film, the anything but lighthearted, Sweeney Todd character itself is a rollercoaster of blood drops and the most ethereal music to the ears. The demon barber of Fleet Street sinister look is captured to a T within this piece.