I have died and gone to heaven!!! I’ve been swooning over custom tattoo art shoes for years and I’ve only ever come across businesses overseas so I was soooo excited to hear that there was an Australian artist creating these amazing bespoke shoes! Tina, the talented artist behind Tattoo Inspired, works with clients to design a custom piece of tattoo inspired art for their shoes and then lovingly paints it onto their shoes. What makes this business so awesome as it’s not just for brides – these shoes would make incredible keepsake thank you gifts for your bridesmaids (and they can rock them walking down the aisle), mothers of the bride or groom or even celebrants (yes celebrants, how awesome would your outfit be with some amazing shoes!!!).
I’m not going to gab on any more because Tina’s amazing work speaks for itself and the hardest thing is deciding what elements to have on your shoes!!!
I think I’ve got my Melbourne Cup shoes sorted this year – what about you ladies?!
Share with us how you came to launch Tattoo Inspired?
I have always had a passion for tattoos and art, so when i was introduced to shoe art by a friend i was instantly in love with the idea.
There are other shoe artists in the UK but i have not heard of it being done in Australia. So here we are.
What inspires you when it comes to designing your incredible shoe designs?
The first thing that inspires me is the client and there story, i get to know the client so that i can get an understanding of who they are and what they like, they inspire me with their own ideas, memories, photos and images.
The second is tattoo designs; there are so many beautiful designs to draw inspiration from…. Hence the name Tattoo Inspired.
What would be your favourite shoe design that you have created so far and why?
That would have to be the red shoes with the lace up back. These were designed for my best friend’s wedding, she trusted me to design them without her input. I used her wedding dress as inspiration.. the lace up back and the beading on her dress. Also the roses for her bouquet are red and white and the wording on the shoes is from her invitations.
Your work is utterly fabulous and I know that many of our readers will be falling in love at first sight right now – what is the process should a bride fall in love with your work?
Brides can contact me via email, facebook, text or phone with their specifications, including wedding date, how much of the shoe is to be covered/budget, colours/ theme, any images and photos that you may wish to incorporate into your design. Any names, dates, or quotes that are meaningful to you.
Once i have all the information i need you can post your shoes to me or drop them off if you live locally.
I will also require a $20 deposit so that i can begin with the sketches.
You then review the designs via email and send me your feedback and any changes which I apply to the final sketches. Once the finalised drawings are approved by you, the artwork is painted and sealed onto your shoes.
You are required to pay the outstanding amount before your Tattoo Inspired shoes are posted back to you.
Can you provide for us a bit of an indication of price range for your amazing designs?
Prices are charged per amount of design and coverage and include sketches of your shoe art.
Many, many hours of work go into each piece of hand painted artwork and my prices reflect both that, and the high standard of service.
- Full shoe or fine detail $200
- Kids shoes or half shoe $150
- Small design or baby shoes $100
Pricing includes return postage costs
Do you have a “bricks and mortar” store or location for those who would like to meet with you first and view some samples of your work?
I have a small studio at my home, but am also happy to meet the clients at their home if they live North side of Brisbane.
What advice do you have for brides when they are choosing the perfect shoes for their wedding outfit?
Make sure you are comfortable, you don’t want to be in pain and uncomfortable on your wedding day. If you MUST have those killer pumps then take a pair of flats with you just in case.
Do you offer designs for bridesmaids or even mother of the bride / mother of the groom for that matter?
We are happy to design shoe art for everyone, males, females and children.
I specialise in bridal designs but also offer artwork for 16th and 21st birthday heels, memorial or the birth of a child (baby shoes).
How far out from a wedding should brides be booking in to have their bespoke shoe designs created by you?
The process can take up to 2 weeks depending on the design and how many changes are made to the sketches; also you need to allow for postage time.
Do you have a range of shoes that brides can choose from or do they need to supply their own shoes? What advice do you have for choosing the best shoe to work with your custom artwork?
Clients need to supply their own shoes to ensure proper fit. I work with leather type shoes including PU synthetic leather. Also sneakers and canvice.
I can work around lace and satin embellishments but do not advise painting on delicate fabrics.
When you’re not creating show-stopping pieces what do you love to spend your time doing?
I am a mother and a wife so i spend my spare time having fun with my family, camping, taking the dogs to the beach, etc.
Tattoo Inspired are partnered with the National Breast Cancer Foundation and offer a “pink ribbon collection” for survivors of cancer and any one touched by cancer. These designs can include the date you became cancer free, positive quotes, flowers etc.
$20 from each pink ribbon shoe is donated to help fund cancer research.
Ways to contact Tattoo Inspired: