Artists: Aaron Nathan Patrick
What year did you start tattooing: 2016
Tell us about the style of your work: I mostly enjoy black and grey, realism, and darker imagery. The more grotesque the better.
Where did you apprentice?: 515 Tattoo Studio in Burlington, NC
What tattoo artist do you most admire: Carl Grace, Brandon Herrera
Before someone gets a tattoo what advice do you give them?: If someone is getting a tattoo on a highly visible area such as the hand or neck, I like to inform them of how it may affect their future career or search for a job. I like to make sure that they have actually thought about what they want to get so they won't regret it in the future. If it's someone getting a tattoo for the first time, I want them to be sure about it.
How did you get into tattooing: I've always been into art and drawing since I was young. I always knew I wanted to be completely covered in tattoos. It never seemed to be something I questioned about myself. Later on down the road after working retail and hating every second of it, I decided I wanted to do something I was passionate about. So I dove in head first and have never regretted my decision.
What inspires you to be an artist: I guess what inspires me the most is the dark side of life and the beauty I find in it. I feel like I can find some kind of peace in knowing that darkness exists alongside the light. I express this in my art and when I tattoo. I'm also inspired by how we can change our bodies and how we view ourselves simply by putting ink into skin.
What kind of tattoos do you look forward to doing: I look forward to doing more realism and my own custom work. I'm also excited about doing anything that challenges me as an artist.
Is there a tattoo that you haven't done yet that you are dying to do: I would love to do portraits one day, preferably horror themed.