Artists: DAMM NICE
What year did you start tattooing: 1998
Do you have any special training: Scar Masking and dermal reconfigurations. Tattoo cover ups.
Tell us about the style of your work: I approach each tattoo with a seasoned sense of style rather than style itself. Safety is my chiefest focus. Then theres the content and delivery. Some art pieces require a diligent effort in planning and execution where others can be more "from the hip" and more loose in delivery.
Conventions usually worked: Villain's Philly and Chicago Cons since '09
AM JAM since 2010
Inked Out NJ by Mario since '10
United Ink by Lou R.
Where did you apprentice?: School of Hard Knocks. The streets of NY. Self taught.
What tattoo artist do you most admire: My journey of tattooing has run parallel with urban street culture from the beginning.
Boog Star discovered me after having traveled the world and met a variety of tattoo artist from all walks of life.
His journey is an enigmatic one riffled with pleasure and pain, struggle and triumph. His work week started 18 years ago and he hasn't taken a day off since. He has be a major influence in black and gray tattoo in both urban street and latino art culture as well as a father figure in the tattoo lettering art movement.
Jose Lopez is another great artist that I admire. His humility is his greatest skill. His delicate approach to touch and communication is unmatched. His ability to see what is truly there can only be rivaled with a lens. Did I mention he is a super nice guy?
Anil Gupta is perhaps the most universal of artists in that his persona is in just about everything we humans tend to enjoy. He too possesses the ability to touch any mass and turn it into a functional piece of art. His journey is a most entertaining one he tells best.
These three men all share a strong passion for art, the process of creation, toys and gadgets and are friends and mentors of mine. So it was a bit bias. Shoot me. I literally can go on and on about artists that I admire. A short list below includes but not limited to
Horiyoshi III in terms of legacy and honor. Also full body collection. Tattoo master.
Andy Shoei Black and Gray Master.
Before someone gets a tattoo what advice do you give them?: Do your home work. Learn about this global ancient art. Think of it as an investment. The quality of art you decide to wear permanently tells the world about you upon first impression. Choose wisely. Save up. Follow a good aftercare regimen.
How did you get into tattooing: Personal interest. Strong desire to apply tattoos on people.
What inspires you to be an artist: People. People are the glue of the ancient art. It will be way after we are gone as it was here a long time coming. People and their reactions to fear and love are the most inspiring things to witness.
What kind of tattoos do you look forward to doing: The one you my good reader are planning to get.
Is there a tattoo that you haven't done yet that you are dying to do: Full body Full color and black and gray suits. I Must accomplish this asap