Artists: Damon J Hacker
What year did you start tattooing: 2007 or so
Do you have any special training: Yes , I was a former comic book illustrator , for companies like Marvel, Image, DC comics, hasbro toys. I went to the Joe Kubert School of Cartooining and Graphic art for 2 years. A great art school.
Tell us about the style of your work: I would say its colorful illustration, I don't know what real category I would fit into? I'm really so new, that I think style is evolving and changing all the time.
Conventions usually worked: Just getting into those
Where did you apprentice?: HAHA , Flesh for Fantasy, in rochester NY. I wish I had a good apprenticeship but I did not. I struggled real bad cause of it
What tattoo artist do you most admire: Toss up! between alot of people, but I have to go with Guy !! He broke the rules and did it really well. I have read all his material ! love his work! but I really admire how he took the rules and threw em out the window!
Before someone gets a tattoo what advice do you give them?: Check apples to apples , dont just price shop. LOOK at portfolios and talk with the artist a bit before you get any work done. Its an intimate expierience, make sure your comfortable with that artist, there are sooo many talented artisits out there now
How did you get into tattooing: I went with a friend who wanted a drawing of mine as a full back piece. The experience led me to an apprenticeship because of my drawing portfolio. My portfolio was about 7 years of comic illustration at the time. I wish I would have taken my time and found a real apprenticeship
What inspires you to be an artist: Life, telling a story!!! I have all Andrew Loomis' art books, and in Creative Illustration, he states that we all as artists get very proficient in skill at some point.... The next life long journey will be WHAT are you saying with that skill?? I always found that profound! What am I saying thru my art?? inspiring!!! Of course clients can REALLY REALLY inspire the hell outa me !
What kind of tattoos do you look forward to doing: Anything were I sit down and take a while to talk and plan with the client! Something drawn and designed by me. Then the final execution being to fit it to the body
Is there a tattoo that you haven't done yet that you are dying to do: A couple thousand or so! HAHA I am just a baby in this industry! The journey has only begun