Artists: Brian “Monk” Taylor
Brian “Monk” Taylor
Infinite Art Tattoo
3930 Secor Road
Toldeo, OH 43623
What year did you start tattooing?
I started tattooing professionally in 1992.
How did you get into tattooing?
I was always drawn to it. It was definitely something primal. Ever since I can remember I’ve wanted to push pigment under my skin. It naturally followed that, since I didn’t have any money, my nephew and I started tattooing each other with little or no knowledge of what the hell we were doing.
Where did you apprentice?
I served no formal apprenticeship. I started tattooing in the late 80s and struggled without the medium for quite a while. There were no “tattoo” magazines at the time and the quality of what we saw was mediocre at best. There were a few standouts but nothing like the quality of what’s available today.
Do you have any special training?
I know how to use Photoshop pretty extensively as well as Final Cut, a video editing software—this came about as a result of needing it for tattooing purposes. Training? Not really but I know a little about lots of different things.
What conventions have you worked at?
I’ve worked Hell City, Motor City, Philly, Chicago, Seattle, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati and Cleveland.
How do you describe your style?
Wow, I don’t really think I have a style. I would say I use lots of color, bright but sometimes I’m subtle. The more I delve into painting, the more it affects the way I tattoo. Lately I’ve been seeing myself staying away from anything too bright, it seems more natural to mix colors with mixing mediums that make colors lighter without making them brighter.
What inspires you as an artist?
Everything. Nature, sunsets, my kids, I can take pretty much anything I see and take some sort of inspiration from it. This comes from being an artist for so long. I tend to see the beauty in anything no matter what it may be and I always try to take something positive away from any experience.
What other mediums do you work with?
Painting, filmmaking, photography, writing and parenting. Don’t let anyone tell you any different: there is no finer canvas than your children and my boys are my greatest works of art.
What tattoo artist do you most admire?
Hands down, Guy Aitchison. When I saw what Aitchison was accomplishing throughout his career, I knew there were no limits. He has personally helped me out immensely and I could never thank him enough for the contributions he’s made to this industry. I recently collaborated with him on a documentary filmmaking project called Innerstate and it was an amazing experience.
What kind of tattoos do you look forward to doing?
Something that allows me to fully utilize the bag of tricks I pull from and optimally learning something new.
Is there anyone that you would like to tattoo?
My friend Jon Clue, he’s done quite a few tattoos for me.
Before someone gets a tattoo what advice do you give to them?
Get a good night’s sleep, eat a good meal and come in with a positive attitude.
Is there a tattoo that you haven’t done yet that you are dying to do?
Yes, several…too many to list. I used to have a hard time coming up with ideas for tattoos or paintings, now I have too many ideas to possibly get done in my lifetime. But I’m going to try.