Where and why the shop:
We run the Face book group "Tourette's Syndrome Support Group UK"
Emma started this group after our Boy who was 8 at the time was diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome, amongst a few other thing.
Seeking advice and information we took to the internet especially Facebook. Alot of TS Facebook groups where based overseas, a lot of the information available wasn't relevant to the UK especially drugs and treatments. You'd find a small group in the UK but you wouldn't be approved to join as you lived in the wrong postcode. So the UK wide group was born. However over sea's member's are also welcome as they provide a contrast to our services.
In 2017 I started printing my own uniform after a disappointing batch from my preveous supplier.
Emma used the equipment to make awareness t-shirts for Tourette's and Autism as we have always supported Ink4Autism these where brilliant and everyone loved them.
Early 2018 after a couple of years off going to various appointments with our boy. At these appointments there would be discussions with specialists talking about tics and co-morbid behaviours. During these appointments Emma would often say, but I do that, I did that, that's normal? So with a bit of reflection Emma then got seen herself and was shortly diagnosed with tourette's along with ocd and ADHD, this went with a previous diagnosis of Anxiety.
Late 2018 Our second boy was diagnosed Tourette's and waiting to be assessed for Autism. Our youngest daughter started ticcing.
All of these led to awareness t-shirts for All off the conditions that affected us our little family and more requested by individuals.
After making some tourette's awareness t-shirts for a lovely family, the lady that ordered the t-shirts asked if we did badges. The answer was no. She said if we ever did she would be interested for her boys lapel on his uniform.
This led to a weekend off Emma chewing my ear off about badges so I gave in and let her have the company card. A little later I get a email from one of my suppliers thanking me for my purchase of not 1 machine or 2 Machines but 3 cutters and presses.
So Emma's T-shirt ideas where transferred into badges along with lots of other Ideas. The joy of badges unlike the hoodies and t-shirts' are the are a lot easier to post.
So the shop was born to spread awareness, not for profit.
However I will be adding other products than awareness products as there are bills to pay lol
Let's See What OiOiSausage comes up with next
Curtis Campbell has had a number of different job roles and titles in his life. Along side these he has always maintained a passion for art and has
explored many mediums. He has been designing tattoo's for friends since his teens. He has also been commissioned to make a number of one off pieces.
It wasn't until 2012 when he was designing yet another tattoo.. Alough this one was for himself, A cover up tattoo celebrate the birth of one of his children. His wife to be suggested that he should try tattooing for himself. So with that push he was soon on a intensive apprenticeship. Where he was taught all the essentials to start practicing the art of tattooing.
He started Tattooing in 2012 and with a number of happy practice subjects and then people asking for him to design and tattoo them. In Sepember 2013 he opened his own private tattoo studio to build and enhance his portfolio whilst still working full time. In keeping with what first made him want to tattoo, He named the studio using the initials of his children.
JCM tattoo studio.
In 2014 the business was getting busier and busier that it got slightly frustrating with his full time work. Something had to give!! So in Jan 2015 he found a new premisis bigger and better than the private studio. However it needed a lot of changes to be a servicable tattoo studio with the feel he desired. Over a couple of months he spent all the time he could doing up the new Studio.
Once the studio was up to scratch, that was it he quit his job and opened the doors and hasnt looked back!
Emma Campbell is a very creative and freindly member of the team. Is currently part time trying to spend as much time at the studio as possible when our kids are in school. Emma is curently learning as much as possible about the art of tattooing and in time she will hopefully become a tattooist with a keen interest in Calligraphy and Typography.
Her Alias of Oi Oi Sausage.
Take a look at the shop tab to see what she gets up to.