It’s been a while since you first appeared in Freshly Inked and your work has become increasingly impressive. What’s been going on with you and how is the muse? Hello! I’m really glad you say that about my work, Yallzee, since it comes from somebody as respected as you and with such an amazing collection of tattoos.
How did you start tattooing? I started tattooing in 2000, in France. I always drew since I was a kid and an old friend of mine told me I should try to put my drawings into a skin. This friend of mine kept going to tattoo studios showing my drawings until a shop took me as an apprentice.
You are known for your colorful Japanese work, but your B&G tattoos are as good as those artists who specialize in that style. How did you become so well rounded? I was in many ways fortunate enough to grow up tattooing in a street shop in the 90s where you basically did anything that walked through the door.
Let’s start off with asking about the tattoo that you did for Yallzee. Your style is so much different than pretty much everything he has, we’re curious as to what you did. Actually, like a lot of the other artists tattooing him, I re-did a tattoo on his leg.
Do you remember your first tattoo? What was it? How old were you? Who did it? Does it still exist in some form? Yes, it is the Yallzee (graffiti tag) on my back tattooed by Juan R Lopez. I got it touched up a few years ago but it still exists. I was about 23 years old but hey, I am 41 now so that was 18-19 years ago.
First off, tell us about the tattoo that you did for Yallzee. When Yallzee approached me about tattooing him, my first thought was, “Really, me?” Then I immediately wondered, “Where does this guy have any room left?” He asked me to do some sort of biomech piece for him and pretty much gave me free reign.
Do you remember the first tattoo that you did for Yallzee? Yes, I remember when, where, and what it was. Actually, what I remember most was how cool he is! He was very open to design ideas and had an awesome tattoo collection so when people are that passionate about this art form they tend to get picky on whom they decide to get tattooed by so that’s why it was such an honor to tattoo him and the tattoo I did on him was right between some other great tattoos by some great tattoo artists!
When did you start tattooing? I started in 1995. I grew up in the projects, my mom was in church and I saw one person with many tattoos. I started seeing him often so when my mother wasn’t around I went up to him and asked him how they where done. Then I went back to the projects and asked an ex-con how to build a machine.
When did you started tattooing? I started tattooing at the early age of 13 in Taiwan, using a needle that was tied to a bamboo stick to do a Kanji character on my classmate’s arm. This method is known as Tebori or hand-poked tattooing. Although tattooing back in those years in Taiwan was a taboo and my family didn't believe in a career as a tattoo artist, I still wanted to learn and even went under an apprenticeship for a short period of six months.
Let’s start by asking about the tattoo that you did for Yallzee, do you remember it? It was the last day of the 2nd Annual Evergreen Tattoo Invitational. Yallzee and I had chatted a bit previously that day, and I had just finished up my last booked piece for the weekend.
Your work is all done with black ink and a liner, no shading at all and it is still rich in depth. The complexity of this work requires planning, good transitions between every different pattern, symmetrical balance and perfect proportions.
When did you start tattooing? How? I started at 14 years of age when I got my first tattoo. I started to tattoo with a homemade machine I put together myself. What drew you to realism? Was this the style you’ve always wanted to do? What type of tattoos where you doing back when you started?
What year did you start tattooing? I started tattooing immediately after leaving high school in 2009. How did you get into tattooing? When I was at elementary school I began to draw on my forearms with marker pens instead of learning. Basically, I wanted to do tattoo since I remember, but real tattoos came to my life during high school, when I started visiting one tattoo studio to sit there on a couch.
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