Artists: Emily Chilvers
What year did you start tattooing: 2011
Tell us about the style of your work: I really strive for portrait style things or creative illustrated stuff that come from straight from the heart, here and there youll have to do walk ins where its something the client found via the internet but i really try to stray away from that and create a unique and fitting piece for the client.
Conventions usually worked: Skin Deep Expo- Grand Rapids, MI
Where did you apprentice?: I apprenticed at Pincushns of Holland MI
What tattoo artist do you most admire: I have a few I keep my eye on but i most admire greggletron he does phenomenal work.
Before someone gets a tattoo what advice do you give them?: I always ask and make sure its something they definitely want for the remainder of their time on this Earth- depending on where they are trying to get said tattoo and depending on how many tattoos they have currently. For example, one day some kid came into the shop he seemed antsy and was pacing, and he wanted to get a dreamcatcher tattoo on the top of his middle finger, this being his first and only tattoo. What do you do in that type of situation? Instead of doing the tattoo right then and there, I had him set up an appointment with me for the next day, giving him a few hours to think about it. He never showed.
How did you get into tattooing: The way I got into tattooing was through the guys at my home shop finding me via facebook. They contacted me and wanted me to bring in a few pieces of art... it definitely caught me off guard but helped show me that my dream of beautifying the world could be as simple as making a client happy because of a beautiful tattoo they have always wanted or had special meaning- to put a smile on each clients face is so worthwhile to me.
What inspires you to be an artist: My artwork is very emotionally driven, where im sure other artists feel the same. I am inspired by everything around me, it takes a minute to see the beauty- or the ugly, in each thing, person, or surrounding.
What kind of tattoos do you look forward to doing: im always looking forward to doing portraits of any kind, or my own creature creations from my heart. I love putting a twist on traditional tattoos as well.
Is there a tattoo that you haven't done yet that you are dying to do: Any tattoo I havent done im dying to overcome- its how you grow as an artist! Im always willing to go the extra step and take down any challenge put in front of me.