Artists: Emily Chilvers
What year did you start tattooing: 2011 (19 years old!)
Tell us about the style of your work: I specialize in surrealism illustration, focusing on animals, jewels, flowers and space. I am versatile and able to do black and grey realism, portraits, and custom lettering. I also really enjoy doing anime and video game tattoos as well, especially Pokemon!
Conventions usually worked: VillanArts Chicago Rosemont Con
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 through instagram, though I really admire Matt Lambdins work the most! I would love to meet him someday and have him do my left sleeve!
Before someone gets a tattoo what advice do you give them?: I ask more about the tattoo they are thinking about getting, and make sure that what they would like portrayed will come through via the imagery created. Collaborate with the client. I always advise to keep in mind that not all careers accept tattoos/body mods, make sure you are getting something you wont regret (or put in a place that you wont regret!)
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 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. I am inspired by everything around me, including current events in my life as well as my friends lives. Im constantly wanting to move forward and better my art skills wether its oil painting or whatever art medium i decide to pick up that day.
What kind of tattoos do you look forward to doing: I am always looking forward to doing my own animal creations, usually I have a bunch of pre made designs waiting to be claimed, or clients will give me a couple ideas to work with, and I combine and add elements to make them awesome tattoos! I look forward to pop culture tattoos as well!
Is there a tattoo that you haven't done yet that you are dying to do: Any of my designs I cook up! I am constantly creating more, and prefer doing custom designs!