How did you get into tattooing? My first tattoo making experience took place in the army. My sergeant suggested I make him a tattoo and then he put a handmade tattoo machine with a guitar string instead of a needle and pen ink instead of tattoo ink in my hand.
What year did you start tattooing? I believe 1992 or ‘93. How did you get into tattooing? Pretty much by chance. I met a guy on the beach in the south of Spain who was tattooing his own arm with a couple of sewing needles, a string of cotton and Pelikan ink.
What year did you start tattooing? I started in autumn of 2005. How did you get into tattooing? Some-how it happened by itself. There was a tattoo studio that opened next to the college where I studied. I decided to go and find out whether they would take me for the training.
What year did you start tattooing? Technically I started tattooing in 1998. In grade school I tattooed my two girlfriends with their boyfriends’ names on their backs with a needle and Indian ink: “Curtis” and “Chris.” Ironically, they’re both now married to those guys.
How old were you when you got your start? I was 17 when I started tattooing. I got an apprenticeship in Staten Island, New York, under a guy named Jay. How has being on television with the show Best Ink helped or hindered your career? Television was something that I decided to do for promotion and I got exactly what I wanted out of it.
When did you start tattooing? I was 16 years old when I did my first tattoo. At the time it was hard to find anyone to be a guinea pig, so my first client was myself. That was back in 1989 when I decided to tattoo my leg. What drew you to specialize in black and grey realism?
How did you get into tattooing? I was actually looking for a way to pay my way through college and someone suggested tattooing. I knew absolutely nothing about the industry so, of course, my first thought was “Yeah, this should be easy.” Yup, I had no idea what I was getting myself into.
What year did you start tattooing? ‘09. How did you get into tattooing? I would say I got into tattoos at a young age while watching my favorite athlete, Allen Iverson. I’ve always been into sports and that’s probably where I was most influenced.
What year did you start tattooing? 2000. How did you get into tattooing? When I was 19 and lived in New Zealand, a friend of mine was getting a lot of work from Adam Craft. He knew I wanted to learn how to tattoo and asked if I wanted to do some of his back piece.
What year did you start tattooing? I did my first tattoo on April Fool’s Day of 2008 on a very special guy named Freddy. He actually had a lot of ‘first tattoos’ from some artists whom I’d come to admire. It was an honor to tattoo him in hopes I’d maybe progress the way those others had.
What year did you start tattooing? 2005. How did you get into tattooing? I slowly transitioned into tattooing while I was working in a print shop out of college. I started getting a sleeve and I realized that the nine to five office job wasn’t exactly going to fit the lifestyle that I was looking for.
What year did you start tattooing? 2011. How did you get into tattooing? I spent my early teens hanging around tattoo shops. When I was about 14 my mum told me I should be a tattooer and asked my friend to teach me. But I was 14 and couldn’t bear the thought of my mother being right.
The Rockstar Energy Drink Inked Up World Tour has finally come to an end. And with the end of the tour comes the announcement of this year’s winner! As the tour travelled around the world to some of the top tattoo expos and conventions, each of the twelve stops promoted one of the twelve talented artists chosen to design a Rockstar Energy Drink can with their original artwork.
This year Exposed Tattoo and Bailer Inc. presented the 5th DC Tattoo Expo at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, VA. One hundred sixty of the world’s best tattoo artists were in attendance, including Freshly Inked artists Joe Matisa, Big Meas, Timmy B, Big Gus, and Josh Payne.
The Milano Tattoo Convention has been going strong since 1995, and this year was no exception. Top artists from around the world travelled to the Italian show to leave their mark on some very lucky clients. This year a variety of artists with insane talent hit the booths from black and grey guys like Andrea Afferni to horror specialists like Jesse Levitt to color realism innovators like Max Pniewski.
Artists and collectors braved the cold to attend The 17th Annual Philadelphia Tattoo Arts Convention. Freshly Inked cover artists Josh Payne, Myke Chambers, Big Gus and Megan Jean Morris were just a few of the many talented tattooists in the building.