Born and raised on a small farm in Auckland, New Zealand where her parents still live, Nikole Lowe developed a love for music and art at a young age. Having drawn constantly throughout her childhood an unlikely meeting lead her to working in what was at the time one of Auckland’s top tattoo studios ” Dermagraphics ” in 1991. There she studied under the watchful eye of the now deceased Phill Matthias. After working there for 51/2 years she worked at various other studios in New Zealand before moving to London where she worked at Angelic Hell in Soho (now called Frith St. Tattoo). She stayed there for a year before making the shift to one of Europe’s most prestigious studios “Into You” in 2005. There she got to work with some of the countries top artists including Alex Binnie, Jason Saga, Xed Le Head, Duncan X, Tomas Tomas & Tas.
In 2008 she was approached by Louis Malloy to take part in “London Ink” a now extremely popular television show on Discovery Channel which has aired around the world in more than 20 countries. After the first season’s success they filmed a second in 2007 which was also very successful.
More recently she was the subject of a BBC 3 documentary called “Natalie Cassidy’s Real Britain” and has had interviews in magazines such as The Sunday Times Magazine, Time Out, TNT magazine, and various trade publications. She continues to improve and develop her distinctive style of tattooing, always striving to do the best job she possibly can.