Artists: Brent Olson
What year did you start tattooing: I started tattooing in 2009
Do you have any special training: Hell Yeah!! i apprenticed Mike DeMasi. I also had Mario Rosenau, Aric Taylor, Tim McEvoy and Chris Burrnett as mentors. All had personal skills and contributed to pushing me to become the artist i am today.
Tell us about the style of your work: I feel i am still trying to find my "own" style. A lot of my work i use techniques i have picked up from Mike and the Guys. So you will see a lot of them through me. Give me a couple more years and I'm sure something will come about.
Conventions usually worked: I dedicate myself to Mario Barth's shows "Inked out New Jersey" and "The Biggest Tattoo Show On Earth" in Vegas each year. He is a great artist and out of respect for what he has done for myself and my mentors i will not miss them. I am starting to travel more now so i will be attending a few more shows.
Where did you apprentice?: Art Junkies Tattoo, Hesperia Ca under Mike DeMasi
What tattoo artist do you most admire: Even though i work with them, they are huge inspirations to me, so all my boys at Art Junkies!! Outside of the shop there are many. I would have to say Jeff Gogue and Nick Baxter are on another level of tattooing and i'm pushing to be above that level one day.
Before someone gets a tattoo what advice do you give them?: To do their homeowork, find a good artist, one that trust in what they do best. They want you to have a good tattoo as much as you do. So have an open mind.. invest your time into it
How did you get into tattooing: I always loved drawing, so tattooing seemed that i was a perfect avenue. I had no idea about any of it truly until i walked into Art Junkies….. Saw the portfolios and was like "Holy Shit… these guys knwo what they are doing"
What inspires you to be an artist: A lot of things, my boys at the shop, other artists, religion and politics, family, photography, and life in general.
What kind of tattoos do you look forward to doing: All of them….Given my background I love realism and traditional. I think you can take any tattoo and turn it into a rad piece, as long as the client is an open book, even script. Have you seen Tim McEvoy, BJ Betis, Big Meas, Flaks?? REDICULOUS!!!!! Any tattoo can be sweet
Is there a tattoo that you haven't done yet that you are dying to do: I have plenty of sketches and paintings that id love to do. I would love to start doing more religious/ politic/ pieces. I have so much fun with stuff like that, the stuff that people are taken back by and just look at it like… Why?