HUSBAND and wife duo Nifty and Kasey Davis make a winning team.
In fact, it was the tattoo work featured on Kasey that won them three top awards at the South East Queensland Tattoo and Arts Exhibition last week.
They walked away with best front female, best hand and best overall female, the first time Nifty has won best overall female in his award-winning career.
After 10 years working in the industry, the awards were a fitting way to celebrate the milestone.
"We were pretty happy to come back with best female, it's a pretty big accolade,” Nifty said.
"It sums up my whole career's work.”
The two-day show was held in Brisbane and attracted more than 100 artists from around Queensland and interstate to compete.
"Thousands come through the door, its the biggest one in Queensland,” Nifty explained.
"We get to do live tattooing and is a showcase of our lifestyle, cool cars, live music, a pin-up show.”
The award for the hand tattoo on Kasey featuring a rose and butterfly was especially poignant.
"I had the hand tattoo done about six years ago,” Kasey said.
"It holds a special meaning in our hearts so to win means even more.”
The awards will be added to the trophy cabinet that already contains trophies for best in Australia and several other best overall.
"I've won a lot of best overall but never in Queensland,” Nifty said.
"The calibre of work at the show was the best I've seen in over 10 years and we've been to America (for work) and now Australia is up there as the best in world.”
Nifty and Kasey have been based in Emerald for the past four years, opening the tattoo studio Artworx 4720, three years ago which now also includes a barber shop.
"It just backs that this shop in the middle of nowhere produces work that beats people's work from around Australia,” he said.
"It's not based on location but the talent of the artist.
"Business is booming and the sky is the limit,” Nifty said.
"Our customers are awesome, the support we get from them is overwhelming.
"We have customers come from as far as Western Australia and Melbourne.”
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