Artists: Elizabeth Markov
What year did you start tattooing?
How did you get into tattooing?
I always loved tattoos, got my first one at 17, so it was a pretty natural transition to me. I just one day realized I wanted to be a tattooer, and the next day I went to a shop and said I wanted to learn to tattoo.
What was your first shop experience like?
I started tattooing in Florida and my first shop was near the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, so I got to tattoo lots of sailors and pilots.
What brought you to work at Bang Bang NYC?
The first shop I landed in after relocating back to New York is where I met Bang Bang, so we worked together for some time. Big shout-out to him for inviting me to join the team at Bang Bang Tattoos!
How do you describe your style?
I guess I can say my style is illustrative. I equally enjoy doing black tattoos as well as traditional, neo-traditional, or geometric tattoos.
What inspires you as an artist?
Lots of things: nature, books, the need to create. Other artists inspire me. To be able to give somebody a good tattoo they will love inspires me.
What other mediums do you work in?
I love to paint when I have time.
How is the tattoo scene in New York different than other places you’ve worked in?
I think it’s the diversity of ideas and tattoos made in different styles. Also, New Yorkers are very patriotic about their city, so you get a lot of New York–inspired tattoos.
What tattoo artists do you admire most?
There are so many! To name a few: Xam the Spaniard, Stefan Johnsson, Jason Minauro, Valerie Vargas, Dean Kalcoff, Jessica Swaffer, Philip Yarnell, Gerhard Wiesbeck and Justin Hartman.
Is there anyone you would like to tattoo?
It would be cool to tattoo my father.
Is there a tattoo that you haven’t done yet that you are dying to do?
I would really like to do an ElfQuest tattoo. So to all ElfQuest fans out there, you know where to find me.