BAW: What made you want to
become a Tattoo Artist?
Artist: Being an artist,
tattooing is just another medium for me. I love the idea of the body
being a blank canvas.
BAW: Who are your
Artist: I don't know that I
have any influences, there are a lot of great artists out there
BAW: What is your favorite
style of work?
Artist: I like tribal the
best. I also like mixing traditional designs with tribal
BAW: Tell us about your
first Tattoo Inkspierence?
Artist: The first tattoo I
did was on a friend, a little frog, it was a great feeling. I knew I
was hooked from that point on, then of course I tattooed myself.
BAW: What is your favorite
piece you own?
Artist: tattoos on my arms
BAW: What is your most
memorable Tattoo given and why?
Artist: All the tattoos I
have done have meaning, but I think its too early in my career to have
a most memorable one.
BAW: Is there a part of the
body you won't Tattoo and why?
Artist: I have second
thoughts about tattooing anyone's face, but no one has approached me
to do that yet. Although I like the tribal tattoos on the face I guess
it would depend on the individual getting it done. Big decision to
tattoo the face, could change someone's life for better or worse given
the way some look down on tattoos.
BAW: How do you feel about
female Tattoo Artists?
Artist: Well, I'm female
and an artist....
BAW: Do you support supply
co. that sells to the public?
Artist: If they didn't I
probably would have never got started. It's not like you can walk into
a tattoo shop and say "teach me".
BAW: Do you feel there now
should be mandatory schooling for soon to be tattoo artists?
Artist: Schools are good
but I have found a lot of rip offs out there. It's also hard to find a
school located near you without packing up and moving. Just getting a
license is hard enough in some states.
BAW: Do you feel Tattooing
has changed over the years, and if so why?
Artist: I don't know about
changing but I have noticed a resurgence of the art.
BAW: Do you think it is
important to do as many conventions and shows as possible?
Artist: I think the shows
and conventions are important. An artist is always learning his/her
craft no matter what the medium may be. The shows and conventions are
a good way to learn from others, meet other artists, and good form of
BAW: What advise can you
give to someone who is starting or looking to get into the tattoo
Artist: I have found its
not easy getting started. Apprenticeships can be expensive and time
consuming and if your not careful you can get burned. Dealing with
license can be a real pain. If this is your life's call then I say go
for it, just know there are hurdles out there to overcome.
BAW: What could you say to
someone who has had a bad first Inkspierence?
Artist: If you mean a bad
tattoo, then I say check around for someone to do a cover up. As far
as anything else, its always good to do your homework. Check out the
place, ask questions and about sterilization. Any concerns you
may have they should be willing to answer and make you feel
comfortable, if not, go somewhere else.
BAW: Please share any other
comments or views or questions to the public you might have.
Artist: Trying to open a
tattoo studio, me and my partners met a lot of opposition from closed
minded officials. Because of stereotypes we ran into a lot of closed
doors. We went up against the mayor, alderman and churches who
believed a tattoo business would only attract gangs of bikers and drug
addicts. But that didn't stop us, we kept pushing and opened our doors
early this month just in a different city. Because of the ignorant
closed minded people who think people with tattoos are the misfits of
society, I wear my tattoos proudly and honor my unique individuality.