Artists: CJ White
What year did you start tattooing: 2010
Do you have any special training: I attended the Northwest College of art for two years. There I studies fine art and graphic design.
Tell us about the style of your work: My style is somewhere between American Traditional and neotraditional if you have to put it in a box. I was trained in American traditional so I use those fundamentals and apply them to my work while also having fun and doing my own thing with color and composition.
Conventions usually worked: The Evergreen Invitational and the Dallas Tattoo expo are the only conventions I’ve worked so far. Loved both shows but the Evergreen is special to me because it’s close to home and there is just something really fun about that show and it’s attending artists.
Where did you apprentice?: I apprenticed under Thomas Pendelton at Peninsula Rose tattoo as well as some extensive guidance from Nathan Balassi and Kyle Wood. I would be nowhere without those three guys.
What tattoo artist do you most admire: I really admire Nicholas Kaiser, Jean Le Roux, Kyle Stacher, Nathan Balassi, Heidi at Fist Full of Metal in Seattle, Rebecca Blair, the list is really long I won’t bore you further.
Before someone gets a tattoo what advice do you give them?: I always tell them to have a good meal before hand, wear appropriate clothing and bring a good attitude and an open mind, we have to work together comfortably to make a good tattoo. Happy people = good tattoos.
How did you get into tattooing: I got a tattoo and it was over for me. I was intoxicated by the ambiance of the tattoo shop. I admired those that can manage themselves, have fun and do art all in one swoop. I knew where I belonged.
What inspires you to be an artist: Everything. I’m always looking at how light hits objects, the way glass distorts light. Most of all other artists who are clearly on fire. I crave that feeling of being in the groove, seeing others in theirs keeps me going.
What kind of tattoos do you look forward to doing: Anything that gives me some freedom to stylize as I please. I like plenary of direction but I need to have the freedom to make it into a piece of art that you KNOW I only could have made. That’s what makes a tattoo unique and special in my eyes, good content as well as good composition.
Is there a tattoo that you haven't done yet that you are dying to do: A realistic portrait. I’ve been toying around with stylized portraits for a few months and I’d like to try out full color portraits.