Primal Ink Tattooing

Eugene Pirie

Owner and Head Tattoo Artist

Born in a town just out of Cape Town, South Africa, Eugene’s family relocated to Melbourne, Australia when he was 5 years old as his father had received a career break that would better his family’s opportunities in life. Having spent his early years in South Africa Eugene is hard-working, realistic and very down to earth.

Eugene has been producing art since the early days he could finger paint, as a child he loved drawing with a lot of influence stemming from art and comic books. Through high school art was one of his preferred subjects where he developed an appetite for life drawing.  He commenced his paid art career as Graphic Air Brush Designer/Artist at 16 and then travelled extensively where he gained further knowledge and respect for other cultures, their art and traditional tattoos.

Relocating in Thailand in his 20’s he commenced studying the art of Tattooing from the bottom up, from building his own tattoo machines to extensive training on a various range of techniques and styles, majoring in tattoo shading and cover up styles. Here he focused on perfecting his artwork and techniques as a tattoo artist. Upon returning from Thailand back to Melbourne he worked at a number of studios and shops where he commenced his commercial career. In his experience as a tattoo artist he has had tattoo sittings that have lasted up to 13 hours.

The appeal of tattooing for Eugene has always been the concept of permanently changing someone’s life and body by art and expression. He has a true passion for what he does and is a perfectionist at hand He has a tendency to gravitate to realism and portraits which is one of the hardest and detailed tattoo styles around today. He is a truly talented artist – this evident if you’re lucky enough to witness him free-hand. His work speaks for itself. His genuine nature and comfortable manner has him working at a pace that is hard to equal.

Eugene hopes to always carry the passion and enthusiasm for his art and has a strong desire to change the perception of tattooing from labels to works of art, achieving success and recognition for the chosen career he genuinely loves, one day opening a Tattoo School in the near future to motivate and teach his passion to others.