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.
Conventions usually worked: TBA
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.
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!
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!