He is always seen around the ELWA area of Paynesville with throngs of people surrounding him, eagerly watching him transform human flesh into a canvas. As a tattoo artist, his works are self evident on his own flesh.
According to Wikipedia, a tattoo artist (also tattooer or tattooist) is an individual who applies permanent decorative tattoos, often in an established business called a “tattoo shop,” “tattoo studio” or ‘”tattoo parlor.” Tattoo artists usually learn their craft via an apprenticeship under a trained and experienced mentor.
Going by the name “Ink,” Prince Harding said he learned his craft by his “natural ability to draw.” But while his skill and services are in demand, the young man is also on a mission. He is desperately seeking his uncle, Bismarck Harding, a Surveyor with the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy.
“Although I like doing tattoos, my main goal is to be a mechanical engineer focusing on heavy duty machines,” said Ink.
He said he got into tattooing as an occupation after high school because he was – and still is, unable to pay his school fees.
“I know that my uncle can help me because he is an educated man and likes young people who are interested in education,” he added.
Ink said he made several attempts to contact his uncle but that whenever he gets to the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy, he is always asked to call his uncle, “but I don’t have his number,” he added.
He said that he got the idea to make his appeal through the Daily Observer newspaper because he overheard security officers at the ministry joke that Mr. Harding reads the paper religiously.
“So I decided that since LIB Life is part of the Daily Observer, and I am an artist, I should use this medium to appeal to my uncle to come to my rescue. I know that I can make a living as a tattoo artist but my true passion is to be a mechanical engineer, and I know my uncle can help me,” he said. “I celebrated my 22nd birthday yesterday, just like our first president, J. J. Roberts. I am not getting any younger and would like to get back into school so I can be prepared to make a meaningful contribution to the development of Liberia.”
If you are reading this Mr. Bismarck Harding, your nephew would like you to contact him on 0775 990 393.