Artists: Corey Miller
Six Feet Under Tattoo Parlor
116 N. 2nd Avenue,
Upland, CA 91786
What year did you start tattooing?
How did you get into tattooing?
I think the influence of music and the early 80s punk rock scene. I was in a local band and I tattooed our insignia on myself with a straight pin and a razor blade. At this time me and my friends would go out to Hollywood to see bands and we would stop at Bob Roberts Spotlight Tatto and Leo Zulluetta worked there at the time. That was the first real tattoo shop I ever had been in, and it really impacted me seeing all the hand painted tattoos on the walls that Bob did.
Where did you apprentice?
I never had a formal apprenticeship, but I started out hanging out at a local shop in Ontario CA called Franco’s Tattoo 78. When I was 15 I drove there everyday after school. Franco would let me clean the shop, draw and tattoo him.
Do you have any special training?
I always keep my mind and ears open.
What conventions have you worked at?
I went to my first tattoo convention in New Orleans back in 1988 or 89. It was the first time I ever flew or went anywhere, I was working at Fat Georges Tattoo Gallery in La Puete, CA. This was the first shop job I had, I started there in 87 with Mark Mahoney right when he was moving on to Hollywood. It was there that I met an artist Dick Warsoki—he was the one that invited me to New Orleans. He also introduced me to Jack Rudy, which would be my induction into Good Time Charlie’s Tattooland in 1990.
Have you won any awards?
I’ve won a few scattered out from the early 90’s to the present.
How do you describe your style?
I’m probably known best as a black & grey guy. But I think I’ve kind of mixed a lot of styles from traditional Americana to a style I call Coriental—it’s kind of Japanese kind of my style.
What inspires you as an artist?
Aside from my mortgage payment, basically all the amazing artists out there today. When I started tattooing there were a lot less tattooers and styles.
What other mediums do you work in?
I’ve always liked doing watercolors. I’ve always painted a little bit but recently in the past few years I have been getting into oil painting.
What tattoo artist’s do you admire most?
Too many to list.
What kind of tattoos do you look forward to doing?
I guess the ones people come to me that like my particular style with a little something new, a little original twist.
Is there a tattoo that you haven’t done yet that you are dying to do?
Quite a few, but I don’t want to give up my ideas…
Is there anyone that you would like to tattoo?
Before someone gets a tattoo what advice do you give them?