What year did you start tattooing? I started in 1998. How did you first get into tattooing? Well, I didn't exactly go looking for it—tattooing kind of fell into my lap. Basically, I was presented with the offer by a local tattoo artist from my town.
What year did you start tattooing? I started on January 15, 2009. I'll never forget that day. Everything changed for me from that point on. How did you get into tattooing? I always enjoyed art and I wanted to do something creative, something I could develop into a career.
What year did you start tattooing? I started my apprenticeship in May of 2001. I did my first tattoo in September of 2001. How did you get into tattooing? I got into tattooing by hanging out in tattoo shops and getting as many as I could afford. I went with any friends who got tattooed as well.
What year did you start tattooing? My tattooing began in 2005. How did you get into tattooing? Thanks to my friend Alexander Haishyanu—he showed me how to build a homemade machine. Since then, I've become caught in the wave of tattoo culture.
What year did you start tattooing? I started tattooing the basics—kanji, baby daddy's/mama's names, and small tribal—in November of '03. How did you get into tattooing? I had moved from my hometown of Roanoke, VA, to Richmond to go to college for art. I actually never took any of my required classes that weren't art-related, and then three years later I dropped out.
What year did you start tattooing? I started tattooing in the beginning of 2007. How did you get into tattooing? While working as a graphic designer in 2005 I decided that I wanted to do more of what makes me happy, so I quit my job. I was always into drawing and painting, so I started to draw some flash sets.
What year did you start tattooing? I became interested in learning how to tattoo in late 2002. I was an apprentice for a year, cleaning, serving, selling, drawing, learning, and asking everything I could. I think that should be the order for all the tattoo artists—it creates a great strength and great knowledge of the profession.
What year did you start tattooing? I started my apprenticeship in 2005 and didn't start tattooing until 2007. How did you get into tattooing? I always liked tattoos growing up, so I started getting tattooed pretty much right away. The more I got tattooed, the more I had this feeling that it was what I wanted to do.
What year did you start tattooing? The tail end of 2000. How did you get into tattooing? I had a considerable amount of tattoo coverage from Mike Perfetto, and I was already an artist, but I didn't consider tattooing for a while because it's such a heavy art form.
What year did you start tattooing? The first time I grabbed a tattoo machine was in 1994. I didn't have an apprenticeship, so during the first three years of my graphic design career I practiced with friends. After tattooing for three and a half years I decided to open my first tattoo shop in Lima, Peru—StÉfano's Tattoo Studio.
What year did you start tattooing? 1992. How did you get into tattooing? Fate. Where did you apprentice? I didn't. Do you have any special training? No. What conventions have you worked at? Have you won any awards? What are some of your best convention memories?
What year did you start tattooing? 1995. How did you get into tattooing? I was always interested in it due to my dad and all his friends being inked up. I [have been] drawing since I can remember, and it seemed natural for me to delve into tattooing.
What year did you start tattooing? I started six years ago. How did you get into tattooing? I had always loved drawing, but it was here in London that I started to really pay attention to tattoos and tattooing in general. While I was working as a bartender I came into contact with a lot of tattoo enthusiasts, and my love and interest grew from there.
The Timeless Ink Tour launched its first annual show this past July 13 to 15 in Phoenix. The show featured some of the top tattoo artists, including Johnny Quintana, Placaso, Fonzie, and many more artists tattooing on-site all weekend long.
The year 2012 saw the London Tattoo Convention—one of the world's largest and most successful tattoo conventions—celebrate its eighth consecutive year. Again located in the heart of East London at the amazing Tobacco Dock Venue, the convention was perfectly placed to pique fans' interest.
This year's Visionary Tattoo Arts Festival pulled in amazing artists from around the nation for a three day weekend full of tattooing, performing, partying, and straight up relaxing on the beaches of Asbury Park, NJ. Whether it was the beauty of the ocean or the incredible freehand work of Carl Grace walking around, the positive energy of the show left everyone inspired.
Tom Ringwalt Jr., owner of Tommy's Supplies, put on the first annual Tommy's Tattoo Convention in Hartford, CT, at the Connecticut Convention Center August 17 to 19, 2012. It was very successful, with about 4,000 people attending and over 100 booths sold.