FAMILY and friends turned out to pay their respects to world-renowned tattoo artist Lee John Clements, following his death on Monday, December 23.

The 42-year-old dad-of-three was known in Barry for being the co-owner of Chimera Tattoo Emporium, in Holton Road, Barry, but also as the go-to tattoo artist to sports stars and actors.

He previously owned the Chameleon studio, in High Street, and then Broad Street, in Barry.

The multi-award-winning tattoo artist’s clients included New Zealand rugby legend Jonah Lomu and World Champion boxer Lee Selby.

Mourners celebrated the life of Mr Clements during a service conducted by Ceri-Lou Newman in the A G Adams chapel.

Even Flow by Pearl Jam opened the order of service, followed by tributes to Lee, Reflection Music - The End by Pearl Jam, closing words, and the Welsh National Anthem leaving the chapel.

The talented tattoo artist campaigned for high standards in the industry and worked closely with local authorities.

He subsequently worked with other tattooists the Welsh Government to help develop the new qualification with a focus was on hygiene and creating safe barriers between the tattooist, clients and work areas.

Cardiff Blues paid tribute to the fervent Cardiff Blues and Wales national team supporter, at the club's match against Pataro Calvisano in the European Challenge Cup at Cardiff Arms Park on Saturday, January 18.

The former Barry Comprehensive pupil's other famous clients included Lee Thomas, John Yapp, David Cotterill and others.

He had a special friendship with All Blacks and Cardiff Blues player Jonah Lomu.

Lee was also a tattoo advisor on the Gavin & Stacey set when the Christmas special was filmed in July last year.

Concerned for safety standards to be portrayed, he said he had been horrified when "Nessa" was intent on doing her own thing.

Lee's brother Craig said: "Lee suffered with his mental health all through his adulthood, but kept it hidden from most people.

“He was an extremely passionate person, a very loving son, devoted father, great brother and extremely great friend to many people all over the world."

Donations to mental health charity Mind, in memory of Lee, can be made via