Flash sets are available now
at Pleasurable Piercings:
Loud and Fast Tattoo Set
2 sets are available.
Call for info and ask for Adam 973-238-0305
|BAW: What or who
inspired you to want to become a
VK: I never had any inspirations to make
me want to tattoo.
It just kind of happened from me being around my friends who all had tattoos on them. In
the late 80's while discovering some of the tattoo magazines for the first time, it
totally began to draw me in looking at work that I thought could not be done on skin. From
people like Marcus P. and Guy A.
So I wouldn't say I was inspired but more of being drawn in by suspicion and knowing I can
draw well for my age at the time. I figured I just needed to put the two together and I
was already half way there.
BAW: Who are your influences and who do you
trust with your own ink?
VK: My influences are all the people's work
I see every month in every magazine. Good or Bad it all has an effect on me to make me go
in different directions and to try different things. My influences are not just tattoo
related they are everything around me cars, shoes, billboards, movies, food, music and
everyday life. Everything begins to come into play when you are an artist in any field.
The people I trust with my ink are the people with good portfolios what else is there to
BAW: Do you have a particular artist you would be interested in working with or
VK: I've met most of the artists I would want to work with and taking
in seminars of their work so if I had to work with anyone of them it would have to be Guy
Atchison. For his open-minded professionalism. He listened and talked to everyone however
long it took, he was really cool.
BAW: What is your favorite style of work?VK: I don't know if I have a favorite style. I am one of those guys who does it
all. I am just into big clean solid powdery looking things. If you know what that is. If
you see my work and it looks like that, that is what I am talking about.
BAW: Tell us about the first tattoo you gave?
VK: The first tattoo I gave was a little
piece of black tribal squiggle thing. I made a stencil from one of those cheesy hectograph
pencils you got in one of those starter kits. It went on good on, but after the first wipe
the whole design wiped off with it. I can still remember my first few lines, I was so
scared I forgot to breath. I was doing a line and at the end of the line I would blow out
what air was left like if you to be holding your breath for a long time. Pretty funny huh?
BAW: What is your most memorable / outrageous tattoo given and why?VK: I don't know if any of my tattoos are outrageous, sure there are
some of my personal favorites but that would be unfair to some of my clients don't know
you think. Most memorable could be the purple gargoyle guy on a client's arm. Everyone
liked that one and had a huge response on the jewel butterfly. As far as flash designs,
two pieces from my first set are the most popular. The devil head Pez dispenser and the
Irish Claddah ring. I got tons of mail from other people and artists wanting to get
copies, get them tattooed, wanting shirts and etc. So you never know what people will like
or dislike until it hits the public eye.
BAW: Have you ever inked anyone famous and what type of work did you do on them?
VK: No, no one famous yet!
BAW: What could you say was or is your greatest technical challenge in
the business?VK: The greatest technical challenge for me so far is in the business, you have a
huge obligation to come through and meet people and work out their ideas from start to
finish. That is a big deal for me, it is a lot of responsibility on an artist. To meet
people and to bond with them on a professional level everyday to feel creative and to
produce quality tattoos is a big technical challenge.
BAW: Is there a part of the body you won't Tattoo and why?:
I will tattoo any part of the body under the right
BAW: Do you support supply co. that sell to the public?VK: It is a hard question for me to say if I support supply co. that sell to the
public. On one side of the coin you have a tattoo industry in a tremendous growth period
right now. Companies are selling more products than ever before and more companies are
popping up everyday. I must receive ten catalogues ever few months by new companies. I
don't have any answers for companies selling to customers who have no idea what they are
doing or getting into. But how else is a business or industry like tattooing going to grow
to a national acceptance level like any other industry, that is question we all have to
ask ourselves. Because on a scale from 1 - 10 tattooing is maybe a 2 as far as money &
business it generates. On the other side of the coin ten years ago kids were people of any
age didn't even know what a machine looked like let alone where to get one. I think it is
a matter of only the strong survive. My heart goes out to all those people who are getting
into this business everyday. This tattoo explosion over the last ten years brought out
some incredible skin art by talented people. The quality of our work as jumped ten fold
since 1990 and just think if you couldn't get equipment by some of these companies these
great people might be at work at gas stations or pizza joints
so you decide.
BAW: Do you feel that there now should be mandatory schooling for soon
to be tattoo artists?VK: Yes definitely some kind of schooling or exams of some sort or monitoring of
people's work today. You'd go into shops and people who just picked up a machine 4 months
ago are tattooing. That's horrible for everyone. But you can't blame them you have to look
at the owners who let this go on, letting people run their shops who haven't any
experience, it makes tattoos in general look bad and everyone knows the situation.
BAW: Do you feel Tattooing has changed over the years, and if so why?VK: Tattooing has definitely changed over the last 10 to 15 years drastically
because obviously it is mainstream now and into 2000. Everything is finally moving forward
for tattoos right now mainly because of the young crowd embracing tattoos
the future. In 30 years you are going to have politicians with tats, so how bad could it
be, not to mention the quality of technology of the work and equipment is going through
BAW: Do you think it is important to do as many conventions and shows
as possible and if you do attend do you make it a point to attend guest lectures and
seminars?VK: I really don't think it is important to work as many conventions, but it is
important to attend conventions and seminars. I have probable attended every seminar
except a few and all were great learning experiences. I have also worked my fair share of
conventions, but I don't pursue a lot of conventions like a lot of artists do today. I am
just not a convention artist, when I do a show, I do it more for the people, to meet them
and to answer any questions they may have. To show and talk to people about my work and
BAW: Do you support artists that can not technically draw but can
trace and shade a tattoo stencil?VK: It is a controversial question to answer, but in my opinion I support anyone
who is honestly tried to do his best. Everyone can't be Guy Atchison of tattoos. That is
what makes good people good and great people great. People don't criticize bands that do
nothing but cover songs, it is the same thing, everyone can't be Metallica.
BAW: What advise can you give to someone who is starting or looking to
get into the tattoo business?VK: The advice I have to anyone starting out is, believe
in yourself and ignore everyone else. Starting out in the field is critical and can be the
beginning of the end. People in this business are mad fucking shady, jealous and would do
anything to side track you to make you go down the wrong path. If you are lucky and get an
apprenticeship by someone who really cares go full on with it. Ask yourself where is this
person going with his work, do you like his work, would you get work from this person. If
not don't bother learning on your own, don't expect to get anything handed to you. If you
want it bad enough you get it eventually. Everything takes time, it took me 5 years of
trial and error before I felt comfortable to do custom work, and I never rush anything. I
ignore any jerk off with a rude comment that is what you have to do. It is so easy to
become discouraged at first and the first question you must ask yourself is, Is this a
hobby or a career and never ever stop trying to be the best.
BAW: Please share any other comments or views or questions
to the public you might have.
VK: I would like to thank everyone for their support over the years. I have had
such a great response it will take time for me to reply back, but please be patient if I
haven't written anyone back I will. Even the negative fan mail is cool. I am open to
anyone's comments and I will even reply. You can't please everyone. But all the good out
weights the bad. All the exposure this year has been great. It has made me touch base with
a lot of people in the industry that I haven't seen in a long time. Thanks to the Body Art
Web for allowing me to voice my opinions and show my work after all that's what it all
comes down to.
East Brunswick, NJ
Phone: (732) 698-2411
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