Artists: Corey Divine
Home Base: San Francisco
What year did you start tattooing?
How did you get into tattooing?
I purchased a tattoo kit and started tattooing all of my friends. Soon after, I started working in different tattoo shops.
What was your first shop experience like?
Sort of a joke now when I look back at it, horrible mentor.
Did you have a formal apprenticeship?
Well he didn’t really teach me much, he was a bad artist, and was always on heroin.
What inspires you as an artist?
Other artwork, traveling, nature, psychedelics, music, life…
You started out doing a lot of new school and color illustrative tattoos, what drew you to black geometric art?
Tastes change. I actually hadn’t seen much of this geometric/ mandala dotwork style until recently. I’m a big fan of “different,” I think that’s what drew me to this current style.
Have you considered trying to mesh the two styles?
Yes, absolutely. I think this is what will help me stand out.
You will occasionally use reds and purples in your pieces, how do you decide which pieces you want to use color in?
More recently, I have started to suggest everyone into color again. But it’s fully up to the client. All black, black with selective color, or full color.
How often do you use color in the geometric pieces?
Recently, as often as possible.
You enjoy traveling, where have you found the most inspiration as an artist?
Favorite country or state to visit for work and why?
I like traveling around Europe, it’s different and new for me.
Where would you like to visit next?
Probably Peru and around South America.
You’re booked through 2017, is there any other way for a new client to get an appointment with you before then?
Yes, I travel every other month and accept new clients in other countries.
Why are you choosing to only take on full back or torso projects?
I feel like I made a mistake getting smaller tattoos on myself in the past. I wish I would have waited, and stuck to one artist for each limb. I feel like a tattoo should be a full arm, full leg, full torso, full back, or full body suit.