Artists: Aaron Brinker
What year did you start tattooing: 2005
Do you have any special training: I have a degree in Graphic and communicative arts from here in Michigan. I also apprenticed for a year and a half under Randy Vollink, owner of the "The Tattoo Lounge" in Arizona.
Tell us about the style of your work: I really enjoy tattooing a graphical, neo-traditional, hybrid. Lots of dark black and bright colors, with a good solid outline.
Where did you apprentice?: I apprenticed at Vicious Ink Tattoos in Rochester Hills, Michigan.
What tattoo artist do you most admire: I really enjoy artists from all ranges of tattooing, and I tend to move back and forth from one to the other, so it's hard to play favorites. Currently though I'm really into the work of Matt Curzon from Melbourne, Aus.
Before someone gets a tattoo what advice do you give them?: Do your research, hit the internet, read reviews, check online portfolios, ask people whos work you admire. Get some names, then head into the shops, look around get a feel, is this some place you could be comfortable and safe to get tattooed. check out portfolios in the shop as well, make sure its similar to the online portfolio, since they are easy to bootleg. Then meet the artist, get a feel for them and then if you feel comfortable, start your consultation/tattoo process.
How did you get into tattooing: I had always had a want to tattoo. But I did the "Norm" and instead went to college and try to get a 9-5 doing graphic art. However my passion was still tattooing, so I knew I wouldn't be happy. One day while working as an artist in a silkscreen shop, the owner of Vicious Ink Tattoos came in to pick up shirts and I happen to ask if he needed an apprentice. And the rest is history.
What inspires you to be an artist: Knowing there will always be someone bigger, and better in the industry to give you a different outlook and strive to top.
What kind of tattoos do you look forward to doing: Anything goofy and fun is always a great way to peak my interest! I love full color stuff with fun subjects.
Is there a tattoo that you haven't done yet that you are dying to do: I really would like to do a modern take of the old 80's Wizard flash that used to hang in shops.