What made you want to become a Tattoo Artist?
During my BFA program at University, I always showcased an interest in tattooing. It wasn’t until I graduated that I began to consider creating artwork that focused on translating fine art to suitable tattoo designs. I wanted to transform this interest into a tangible reality and become a part of it.
Where or who do you turn to for inspiration?
Inspiration constantly changes as style and environment change, but in my current state of mind, I often seek inspiration from contemporary art and design. From my experience, I find that borrowing from alternative forms of art enables tattooing to be seen through a different lens and creates new possibilities.
Tell us about your experience training as a Tattoo Artist? Who made the largest impact on your artistic progress?
Training as a tattoo artist truly tests your strengths and weaknesses as an artist. I would be lying if I said it was an easy path, but it’s the hardship that enables yourself to achieve new heights.
I find it difficult to pinpoint a specific person when it comes to expressing who has made the most substantial impact. I’d instead emphasize the influence of being surrounded by others who have the same drive and motivation to create.
How many tattoos do you have & which is your favourite?
In total, I have three tattoos. The largest being a combination of two that consist of the lower half of my left leg and the third being on my right ankle. In terms of favorites, I like to consider each of them as being equal because they represent a landmark in my life being my apprenticeship.
What do you find yourself doing after a long day at the studio?
Often I prepare the rough draft for the next client to keep ahead of the game. But on the off occasion where I have free time, taking a moment to relax can be necessary to ensure I’m ready for the next day.
Do you have any mentors you look up to?
Currently, in terms of technical application, design, and presentation, I often pay respect to tattoo artists such as Alex Sorsa, Daniel Silva, and Koray Ozsoy.
Do you have a favourite Tattoo Piece you worked on? If so, why does it stand out to you?
My favorite piece is a lotus with geometric elements. This tattoo stands out to me because of the overall success in terms of technical application. Furthermore, elegance is an element that I aim towards showcasing in my designs, and I feel this tattoo is a step in the right direction.
What advice would you give to an artist just starting out?
Never stop drawing and keep pushing. Regardless of the size, complexity, or price of a tattoo, treat each with equal care. Everything you produce is a representation of yourself, and getting out of your comfort zone is merely a part of the process. Furthermore, your character is as important as the work you produce. Don’t forget to express and continuously improve your self-representation, as it exists simultaneously with your tattooing.