Artists: Earl Funk
Trinity Tattoo Company
193 N. US Highway 17-92
Longwood, FL 32750
What year did you start tattooing?
How did you get into tattooing?
I got a tattoo for my 17th birthday and knew that tattooing was what I wanted to do. I started going to tattoo shops the next day with my sketchbook and asking for jobs.
Where did you apprentice?
Half of my apprenticeship was with Jorge Moreno in Kissimmee, Florida and the other half was in Long Island with Zam from Visionary Tattoo.
Do you have any special training?
I’m actually an AVA certificated 747 pilot as well.
What conventions have you worked at? Have you won any awards?
I worked a few years at the New York City convention with Zam and in 2005 won Tattoo of the Day. I’ve worked Tried & True in Florida and won a couple of awards with them, and many others, but those are the only ones I’ve been working repeatedly.
How do you describe your style?
Halfway between cartoon and realistic… kind of Pixar-ish.
What inspires you as an artist?
Mostly tiny goblins and pop culture but I find inspiration in lots of other little things.
What other mediums do you work with?
Acrylics and colored pencils mostly.
What tattoo artists do you most admire?
Some of my favorite artists are Cory Kruger, Jesse Smith, Nick Baxter and Nikko Hurtado.
What kind of tattoos do you look forward to doing?
Tattoos that are so obscure that it may be the first time they were ever done.
Have you tattooed any celebrities?
Is there anyone that you would like to tattoo?
Before someone gets a tattoo what advice do you give to them?
Make sure that it’s something you want to live with forever. And make sure your honest with your artist.
Is there a tattoo that you haven’t done yet that you are dying to do?
I’m dying to do the last tattoo ever done.