Artists: David Watson
What year did you start tattooing: Started my tattooing apprenticeship in 1999 and began tattooing professionally in 2000.
Do you have any special training: Prior to my apprenticeship, I studied painting and photography in college. Tattooing and life experiences have taught me so much more.
Tell us about the style of your work: My style is pretty varied, the majority of stuff that I do is heavily influenced by traditional/neotrad styles. I also do a decent amount of black and grey realism, with a good amount of black to hold the piece together.
Conventions usually worked: I generally only do two convention a year. The Skindustry expo in Bethlehem, PA and The Electric City Tattoo Convention in Scranton, PA. Though I would love to add some international conventions to the list.
Where did you apprentice?: I apprenticed at Heaven Sent Tattoo in Sacramento, Ca.
What tattoo artist do you most admire: There is so many great artist today that it's hard to keep up. The ones that really inspired me when I first began were the guys pushing the boundaries at the time. Artist like Filipino Lei, Horrioshi III, Ed Hardey and Guy Attichison.
Before someone gets a tattoo what advice do you give them?: The advice I offer people is for them to do their research and to make sure they are getting the right person for the job. Also, I suggest to give the artist a little artist freedom. The piece will come out so much better.
How did you get into tattooing: I got into tattooing at first as an escape of the mundaneness of the 9-5 mentality. Life is about experiencing freedom, and serving no masters. Tattooing was a way to achieve that for me.
What inspires you to be an artist: Since the boundaries of work, life and art are so blurred for me, it's difficult to pick out what does and doesn't inspire me. Inspiration can come from anything, music, good conversations, mediation or something as simple as a leaf.
What kind of tattoos do you look forward to doing: I truly feel blessed to be a part of this amazing industry. I am most excited when I can exercise artistic freedom in large pieces.
Is there a tattoo that you haven't done yet that you are dying to do: There isn't a particular subject that I'm dying to do but I would love to do an entire backpiece, one that goes from the base of the neck down to below their knees.