Artists: Adam Lauricella
What year did you start tattooing: 2001
Tell us about the style of your work: Though I work to be a well rounded street shop tattooer I focus on American Traditional tattooing. My original tattoo patterns and Fine Art tend to have a folk art influence. I like solid lines, strong shading and usually a limited pallet. I also like to use symbology when crafting my tattoos should the project allow. For the most part I want my tattoos to look like tattoos.
Conventions usually worked: I always enjoy attending and now working the Paradise Tattoo Gathering. I can also be found each year at the Roc City Tattoo Expo in Rochester, NY. I will be attending the 1st annual Empire State Tattoo Expo Presented by Inked Magazine. Im the past I have worked Baltimore, Hell City, and Richmond, VA as well.
Where did you apprentice?: I apprentice in a local shop in my area who's name I'd rather not mention.
What tattoo artist do you most admire: Tom deVita, Ed Hardy, Scott Harrison, Robert Ryan. Virginia Elwood. The list is endless. I find myself to be an admirer.
Before someone gets a tattoo what advice do you give them?: The advice I give depends on who I'm giving it to. Sometimes the client needs little or no advice. Sometimes the advice given has nothing to do with the impending tattoo. This is really a case by case basis. Many times I don't offer advice.
How did you get into tattooing: I was getting tattooed quite a bit by an amazing and versatile tattooer by the name of Chris Chisholm. He now works at the great HALO Tattoo in Syracuse, NY but at the time was operating his own shop, Ace's High in New Burgh, NY. Unfortunately, I did not apprentice under him but my time in his chair getting tattooed really intoxicated me and I became more and more interested in learning the craft of tattooing. I was always drawn to tattoos, even as a young child and my interest in the tattoo culture and process became more solidified the more I got tattooed.
What inspires you to be an artist: I am inspired by mysterious constructs. Hidden belief systems and the symbolism behind certain archetypes. I find inspiration in the work of other artists. I am inspired by my peers and my idols. I am inspired by my wife and children. I am inspired...
What kind of tattoos do you look forward to doing: I look forward to making tattoos that make the client happy and have room for me to be creative. I'm always looking to make tattoos based off the classic tattoo patterns from yesterday. Powerful tattoos that act as totems for people. Pictures people can relate to or be inspired by.
Is there a tattoo that you haven't done yet that you are dying to do: I have been working on a paint series of "Provincial Christ Portraits". I would really like to make some tattoos inspired by these paintings.