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I gave Angelina secret tat of her cheating lover; Body artist to the stars on why Scots gran hated her career.

Byline: Beverley Lyons

SHE'S tattooed stars such as Angelina Jolie and Robbie Williams but Friday Jones admits her Scots gran wasn't too impressed with her career.

Friday, whose grandmother Margaret Smith is from Renfrew, said it was only when she was on telly that she started to take notice.

Friday, who lives in Manhattan, said: "My Scots gran wouldn't even discuss my career for 15 years until I made it on to the Today show in the US."

The tattoo artist has just finished a week's residency in Scotland at Lucky Cat Tattoo parlour in Glasgow's West End, where Biffy Clyro have their inkings done.

Friday is the owner of Fifth Avenue's Tattoo Couture and the star of E4's Tattoos After Dark. She has tattooed a host of big names, including Penelope Cruz, Queens of the Stone Age and Sopranos star Lorraine Bracco.

This month she's in Hawaii then China, followed by London but being in Scotland is like coming home, she says.

She said: "I have very deeply rooted friendships here and am a fan of Glasgow School of Art and Rennie Mackintosh.

"It's like a calling and my gran would sing me the Bonnie Banks, Wee Deoch an Doris and raise me on meat pies."

Back in the US her private studio is based in a spa. She laughed: "It's very posh, all very cucumber water, concierge, and a little bit of Chardonnnay in my Manhattan salon.

"I'm taking advantage of the telly show just now while the iron is hot and it allows me to put my boots on UK soil.

"At Lucky Cat in Glasgow I'm loving seeing all the art nouveau, Mackintosh theme and beautiful Victorianinspired tattoos." Friday has created hundreds of tattoos and her artworks include a secret inking she did for Angelina Jolie.

She explained: "She's a great girl, a wild thing back in the day and now solid. I was up in the hills of Hollywood living at Tommy Flanagan's house.

"His wife Rachel happened to be Angie's best friend and she was always at the house partying. She asked if I'd tattoo her in private and wanted Billy Bob Thornton's name. She was having a romantic involvement with Billy Bob on the side, even though he was with Laura Dern in public.

"I didn't want to do it but in tattoo law if they still want it after two weeks you are kind of obliged to do it. Two weeks later she still wanted it, so I watered down the ink so I could put Billy Bob's name where the sun don't shine, but it was easily lasered so Brad had nothing to worry about.

"After she won her Oscar, Billy Bob dumped Laura and went public with Ange so she got his name done in a more public place."

tattoo YOU Williams his arm Friday was also responsible for the Robbie Williams All You Need Is Love ink on his lower back and I Love You Mother on his forearms.

She said: "Robbie came into the Hollywood shop and was wonderful. We did his arms first and then the sheet music on his lower back. He had a hot, welldeveloped backside which was quite bouncy and you can see it on the cover of Escapology.

She added: "I've toured with Queens of the Stone Age and actually did their tattoos on the bus at T in the Park."

"Lorraine Bracco from The Sopranos and Law and Order's Angie Harmon had white tattoos because they're discreet, like a controlled scar. I brought UV overlay to Glasgow so clubgoers can glow in the dark if they want, but it's discreet if they work in the bank."

Friday's skills are also in demand by patients who have undergone a masectomy and she is keen to educate people on the advantages of using a tattoo to hide nasty scars.

She said: "We are doing a lot of mastectomy tattoos in New York and I'd like to bring more of that work here.

"Traditionally, doctors are doing it but they're not actually trained, so it is better if a tattoo artists can do it."

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PRETTY IN INK Friday Jones has made a lucrative living as tattoo artist to the stars in her New York studio

STA ST R CLIENT Friday with Angelina Jolie who became one of her clients after she asked for a secretive tattoo

and a TATTOO YOU Robbie Williams and his arm tats
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Date:Dec 2, 2014
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