What did the tattoo world look like back when you first entered it (also what year was that?). What’s most different between back then and right now?
Tattoos always catch people’s eye and generate an opinion – some love it, some hate it, but nobody is blind to them.
In my case, tattoos have always been fascinating and being a tattoo artist is all that I ever wanted to be.
Up until 15 years ago, the only way to learn for me was by looking at other artists work in person and figuring out a way to make it happen on my own.
Apprenticeship wasn’t the way in my hometown.
Tattoo conventions were a big event for me – they were also the only chance I would get to see my favorite artists in person and enjoy their process and end result of course.
You couldn’t get fooled by photoshop artists and fake lifestyles back then.
Fake artists are slowly comtaminating the tattoo world. I honestly think the best way to preserve some sort of “honesty”is by not advertising these people ( no names or negative publicity) so they’ll slowly disappear. We need to focus on real artists and real tattoos. I saw some IG pages pop up lately that somehow expose names and what not but I think they should stop!
Never focus on hate and give other people an opportunity to hate on our world… Focus on the good part of the industry, and make people love and appreciate real art.
Was there any specific moment during your tattoo career where things seemed to just finally click and all make sense where your work leaped to the next level?
I honestly can’t pin point the moment when other artists and tattoo collectors started recognizing my work or when they begin wanting a piece from me, but I know Steve Soto was there when it all happened! He has been a great influence in my life as an artist and person and to this day, I still consider him one of my best friends.
In what ways have you been pushing your own growth as a tattooist? Any new techniques you’ve been trying or researching or do you just attack each day differently and push yourself with each project in different ways?
Personally I think that the love I have for this art has always shown through my work from day one! Probably even before that, when I saw my first tattoo at a very young age (9 or 10) and couldn’t stop talking about it lol. The things that I had to go through in order to become a tattoo artist and learn new techniques pushed me to the next level every single day. The use of new mediums outside of tattooing helped me combine different approaches and enriched my vision.
There is no accomplishement without failure and I had to go through both to make it happen.
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