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Artist Interview


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My hobbies consist of allot of things.. Playing Video games, collecting hot wheels, glass engraving, watching movies one after another, and watching my daughters grow up..





Location: Eternal Ink WILLIAMSTOWN NJ

Years in the Biz: 9


What made you want to become a Tattoo Artist?
Shadow: I hate the way the world is built up on such a small opinion...its like you have to follow these certain guide lines if you want to follow along, Tattoos are a way of self expression, not going by anyone's standards ...Dare to be different !! I like putting a change in peeps boring lives, that's why I started tattooing

BAW: Who are your influences?
Shadow: I have allot of interests...I could prob. write a entire page on them but ill keep it short...My Brother for one , he has showed me allot of tech.and for that I am entirely grateful. I think PAUL BOOTH is one FUCKIN' amazing artist , what he can do on the human canvas is incredible. Jack Rudy, Brian Everett, David Bolt, just to name a few..

BAW: What is your favorite style of work?
SHADOW: I like tattooing black and gray the best. my worst all time fav. would have to be " TRIBAL" although I have no problem doing it ,To me its just to boring...

BAW: Tell us about your first Tattoo Inkspierence?
SHADOW: "OUCH" hahaha my first tattoo ....well it would be of a demon turning in to a snake...which has long been covered up...I got it when I was 18, my girlfriend at the time , her friend had just gotten a lil bit of cash from a accident and she was treating everyone to tattoos, and they were all like c'mon get one...and I was like nooooo and then my girls was like your a Pussy ,then the male ego set in and I was like fuck it .so we got there and I said you pick it and ill get it, so they picked all lil ones and I was like no , no , no then finally they picked the demon , it was like 8 " long by 3 1/2 " , so the artist came out and I said I'll take this one , he sat me in the chair grabbed my arm and went to town...didn't speak two words but pay I told my self that when I started tatting I would always talk or bust on the customer to ease their mind...."And it works,

BAW: What is your favorite piece you own?
SHADOW: The piece that mean the most to me is a Angel on my inner right calf. it is in memory of my mom who passed away in '92 , it was my bros. first attempt at black and gray so that has allot of meaning to it also...

BAW: What is your most memorable Tattoo given and why?
SHADOW: Hmmmmm I guess I would have to say tattoos that are in memory of or at least have a special meaning behind them , people all day long come in and say .ill take that one , right off the wall, not giving any thought to it , but hell this is on them for the rest of their lives, even though they could die tomorrow, but they should still put some effort behind it,
"Think before you ink "

BAW: What is your most outrageous Tattoo given?
SHADOW: I believe it would be of a bee down by the hot spot of my female friend, why it was tattooed is she was told it tasted like honey............

BAW: Is there a part of the body you won't Tattoo and why?
SHADOW: I really try to refrain from tattooing hands and feet , the hands because when peeps go out to get a job and the employer sees tats on the hand , its like automatically your a scumbag..which is messed up and the feet cause it could disappear before the tattoo is really healed, I give my professional opinion on why they shouldn't get a certain tat or where...if they still want it I'll do cause if I don't someone will....

BAW: How do you feel about female Tattoo Artists?
SHADOW: "They kick ass...there are allot of female artist out there who do unbelievable work. I think when it comes to ink, sex doesn't matter !!

BAW: Do you support supply co. that sells to the public?
SHADOW: I do allot of cover-up all day long of people who are tatting out of their house, and I could really care less if people tattoo out of their house , it just makes me more money in the long but no just as long as people do it the right sterile...cause its the studios who get the short end of the stick , when people fuck up and then the laws step in in and start pointing fingers.......

BAW: Do you feel there now should be mandatory schooling for soon to be tattoo artists?
SHADOW: I don't think there should be a school for tattooing , that's just the Gov. and or the states way of making money of another career....if a tattoo artist wants to teach someone ..fine but don't let the commercialization take away from the Biz...

BAW: Do you feel Tattooing has changed over the years, and if so why?
SHADOW: I think tattooing has come along the fine line all the way to Bright colors...the colors of today are so much brighter then the ones of yester year...even though the lines started out bold ...then went to fine, then went back to the bold lines in which we call Power lining...history repeats itself once again, just lets not go back to the old inks...

BAW: Do you think it is important to do as many conventions and shows as possible?
SHADOW: I myself personally....I don't care to do them , I have enough people around here that I keep myself busy with. friends and all. And plus I get my daughters on the weekends and I would not miss seeing them for all the money in the world.....

BAW: What advise can you give to someone who is starting or
looking to get into the tattoo business?
SHADOW: Be Clean....Be Safe ......Be Sterile !!!!!!

BAW: What could you say to someone who has had a bad first Inkspierence?
SHADOW: The next tattoo you go to get.....make sure you check out their work ever artist has a photo book, don't just take someone's word for it.......

BAW: Please share any other comments or views or questions to the public you might have.
SHADOW: Life is too precious to sit back and let go with out trying out new things....add some ink to your life LATERZZZZZ Shadow........