Paul Abstruse

Paul Abstruse started tattooing when he was 26. Working in studios around Sydney, Australia, he honed his craft doing walk-ins and custom jobs. He then left the industry for a while to persue travel, writing and his comic book work. Recently, in the last two years, he has come back to this amazing artform.

He now specifies in GEEKY orientated tattoos. He uses his 10+ years experience in the Comic book art world and translates it into amazing, bold and vibrant tattoos. With very few people actually specialising in this field Paul is able to bring to life any dream that a customer may have. From a Hellboy sleeve to a small Pokemon wrist tattoo. Paul always take the time to sit down and make sure that you recieve a quality, affordable and unique tattoo that brings to surface the inner Geek.

He currently resides in his own appointment only studio. Paul also tattoos when he travels for Comic book conventions. If there is an event coming up and you would like some work done, you may contact him on Facebook.

As a Comic Book Artist: Paul started working in a comic book store in Newtown, Sydney, Australia when he was 21. It was at that time he went to his first comic book convention and developed an interest in drawing comic books after seeing David Yardin’s portfolio. He produced his first book “How Abstruse”. More of a fanzine and a social commentary on his life, his father saw it and suggested that he do it properly. 6 issues later he had drawn his first series The Cyst – originally a post appocalyptic story (later it was converted to a spoof under the guise of Chicky Edward). A writer by the name of Christian Read spotted his work and teamed up with him to do a proposal for a Graphic novel called Witch King. It was accepted by a local publisher by the name of Phosphorescent comics.

That series took about 4 years to complete part time. Once he had completed it he moved onto a series by the name ofThe Watch. It was only web published. Burnt out he took a break from comic books for about 4 years and then came back to it under the guise of Chicky Edward. He published two books under that name The Cyst and The Big Burlesque Variety Show. Both were meant to be in poor taste… and they acheived it.

He then decided to follow his dream. His career went into overdrive and he set off for the promised land, Big Apple Con in New York. He even pitched a book to the well known Reality TV series, American Chopper. The following year he went to San Diego Comic Con. There he met some of the bggest editors and started to make some contacts.

Since then he has work numerous national and international comic books.

Pre 2011

The Cyst graphic novel
Witch King graphic novel
The watch; Cathexes first part, web comic
The Big Burlesque Variety show trade.
Heroine Addict web comic


Velocity Anthology #1


Zenescope’s 1000 Ways to Die graphic novel
Showdowns, Shoot outs and Rivalries online childrens book
Killeroo: Gangwars
Zenescope’s Grimm Fairy tales: Angel one shot
Zombie Cities


Zombie Cities 2
Decay #15
10 IDW My Little Pony sketch covers

Currently he’s working on two creator owned projects: The Left Hand Path, a modern supernatural horror written by Jason Franks (a 6-part series), and Enormis, a sci-fi steampunk thriller written by Hayden Fryer (7 very long parts).