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Staff tattoos inspire artwork at Jamie's restaurant

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: September 14, 2013

Staff at the new-look Fifteen restaurant with the dramatic artwork inspired by the tattoos of some of the apprentices

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Jamie Oliver's Fifteen restaurant in Cornwall has undergone a complete transformation with artwork inspired by the tattoos of its apprentices.

Artist Ben Allen used spray paint to create the wall art in the restaurant at Watergate Bay in an overnight four-day stint.

Working collaboratively with the team from Fifteen Cornwall and the Cornwall Foundation of Promise, the 33-year-old from Newquay put together a design to convey the journey of an apprentice at Fifteen Cornwall.

The wall painting includes the use of a swallow, hearts, roses and anchors.

He said: "Noticing that a lot of the apprentices at Fifteen had tattoos and I myself have a lot of tattoos, which have always influenced and inspired my paintings, I thought it a very symbolic place to start for imagery and also something personal and meaningful to the staff, even those without tattoos felt that visually the imagery was very engaging and representational.

"The idea of using Fifteen's archive photography evolved as part of the painting as a collage of moments to tell the story of the apprentices from their college inception through to the ultimate goal of their graduation.

"Held together by the waves and punctuated with the decorative elements of 'flash' style tattoos embellished with the words the Fifteen team chose to represent their core values."

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