Artists: Darl Wayne Papple
What year did you start tattooing: 2005
Do you have any special training: Art school and an apprenticeship.
Tell us about the style of your work: I prefer portrait tattoos.
Conventions usually worked: Family keeps me from the convention scene. I have three children. One of my sons has special needs.
Where did you apprentice?: After starting an apprenticeship in El Paso, when I moved to Michigan, I had to start over. I'm very thankful to Who's Your Donny Tattoo for helping me get my foot in the door in Michigan.
What tattoo artist do you most admire: I've always admired Renshaw.
Before someone gets a tattoo what advice do you give them?: I like to make sure they are sure and try to give input on how we could make it more timeless.
How did you get into tattooing: I've wanted to tattoo since I was a kid. After getting out of the army, as a combat vet, I recommitted myself to my artistic goal. In 2012, after working at two different shops, I finally opened my own closer to my home. It makes being available to my children much easier.
What inspires you to be an artist: Just to get better and better so I can provide for my family. I find it easier to work hard as an artist than at another job, because I love going into work. I love being an artist.
What kind of tattoos do you look forward to doing: I love doing portraits.
Is there a tattoo that you haven't done yet that you are dying to do: There are dozens of portraits I still haven't done that I've wanted to do for some time.