BAW: What made you want to become a Tattoo Artist?
Artist: at first, it was all about the
ego......... I saw the " Cool" tattooist having money and
girls, etc..... But that prophecy was short lived.... The appreciation
and inner talent that I found encourage me to keep going and learning..
I love it for the art, because God knows I am a Po living man......
BAW: Who are your influences?
Artist: Harley Goodson, Watson Atkinson, Don
Hardy, Mark Ryden, Timothy
Hoyer, Grime, and Freddy Corbin
BAW: What is your favorite style of work?
Artist: Traditional Americana, with a little Tibetan and oriental
BAW: Tell us about your first Tattoo
Artist: Very Shaky... hehehehe
BAW: What is your favorite piece you own?
Artist: My Virgin Mary, My Tibetan wrathful eyes, and my swallow....
Basically my neck tattoo's.
BAW: What is your most memorable Tattoo given and why?
Artist: Probably the first time I tattooed a
tattooist... I was in Athens Georgia, tattooing at Pain and Wonder, and Mitch,
one of the owners, asked me to tattoo a swallow and traditional roses on
the back of his neck and head. The image wasn't really that special, but
tattooing another tattooist for the first time was very character
building and a huge step in my confidence as an artist...
BAW: Is there a part of the body you won't
Tattoo and why?
Artist: Not really, but it is very dependent on who is wanting the
particular tattoo and in what area of the body.. I am not gonna tattoo
some ones face unless their place in life warrants that action...
BAW: How do you feel about female Tattoo Artists?
Artist: I would like to feel them all,
hehehehe.... I think it is great. Some of the best tattooist here in
Austin are Female. I know a few that are out standing artist and they
definitely are NOT light handed....
BAW: Do you support supply co. that sells to
Artist: yes and no... If it weren't for those
kinds of Supply company's, I wouldn't have gotten my first machines. No,
because usually they sell ink and equipment that is less than average.
Mix that with an unknowledged user, Total disaster..
BAW: Do you feel there now should be mandatory schooling for soon to be
Artist: That's a tough call.... What kind of time limit would you put on
learning this trade?
BAW: Do you feel Tattooing has changed over the
years, and if so why?
Artist: Most certainly.... The equipment and
the level of artistic application has highly evolved since my
introduction to the business in 1995.
BAW: Do you think it is important to do as many conventions and shows as
Artist: It is an excellent form of promotion, but I don't do allot... I
may in the future. I think they are great for seeing artists that you
might not get a chance to see, work..... If you are new to the business,
go and watch your idols at work. You will learn allot and you will see
many sides of this
BAW: What advise can you give to someone who is starting or looking to
get into the tattoo business?
Artist: Tie your shoes real tight and take your feelings off of your
shoulders and be ready for a roller coaster.... Be open to all and any criticism
and be Ready to learn who you are.....
BAW: What could you say to someone who has had a bad first Inkspierence?
Artist: There are better artists out there and allot of us specialize in
fixing wrong doings...... Now, it is easier to avoid that " bad
tattoo experience". Use your resources and find a reputable
artists. If a bad tattoo experience happens in this " Mass
Communication internet world" that we live in now, I would have to
say it is their own fault..... Think before you act.. It is permanent.
Well, to a degree, these days.....
BAW: Please share any other comments or views or questions to the public
you might have.
Artist: as we all know, tattoo's and there meaning are very addictive.
your tattoo's and TIP TIP TIP TIP TIP your
artists..... Thanks Gillan, see you in Bermuda