Before opening the studio Barry spent his initial years taking a shot at Londons carnival. Barry considered signwriting at night classes and soon turned into an effective sign author. With the beginning of the PC age Barry chose to channel his masterful aptitudes and prepared under set up tattoo craftsman Terry Dino and not long after opened The House of Living Art in Earlsfield one of just 11 studios in London in the mid 1970’s.
Barry inked a large group of superstars including Mickey Rourke, Drew Barrymore, Jonathan Ross and vocalist Paul Young. Barry likewise loaned his aptitudes to the music business and was in charge of the fine art on the 1982 exemplary Stranglers single ‘Shallow.’ Barry developed his notoriety amid the 1970’s and 80’s and was frequently called upon to work in the film and TV industry including the Hammer Horror great ‘Characteristic of the Devil.’ The Leopard man was additionally made by Barry which secured his entrance in the 1987 Guiness Book of Extraordinary Records as the universes biggest tattoo.
Unfortunately Barry kicked the bucket of lung malignancy in December of 2000, yet the studio holds and critical place in British Tattoo History, and remains a living landmark to his work.