Artists: Eva Huber
Horseshoes and Hand
6 Center Street
Chicopee, MA 01013
What year did you start tattooing?
How did you get into tattooing?
I kind of fell into tattooing, I’ve been creating art since I can remember, and I have a very low tolerance for
authority so it seems tattooing was just a natural step to pursue. I scored an apprenticeship by working the counter and doing various chores around the shop for about a month before I was declared worthy of slave labor.
Where did you apprentice?
Tracy’s Tattoos in Niagara Falls, NY, was the first shop I was at—which is no longer around. David Catillano
showed me the ropes. After about a year there I bounced around for a bit, picking up what I could from tattooers around me.
Do you have any special training?
Special training? Well, I know how to tile a floor, lay trim, paint walls, make needles, a little machine-building knowledge, a little pigment and ink-making knowledge, a little tattoo history knowledge, a lot of hardworking instilled ethics, and I could probably hustle a trade for just about anything.
What conventions have you worked at? Have you won any awards?
My circuit is always changing. I am starting to get out all over the country but am really looking forward to some overseas travel this year. I always post where I’ll be on my website—tattoosbyeva.com—and I have won a few awards here and there.
How do you describe your style?
Custom … traditional-influenced.
What inspires you as an artist?
Honestly, there’s not much that doesn’t.
What other media do you work in?
I love painting in oils, watercolors, and ink. Mostly watercolor these days, though.
What tattoo artists do you admire most?
The hardworking ones who aren’t about the hype but who are all about doing a solid, rad tattoo! As far as people I can list—the entire crew at Divine Machine Tattoo in Buffalo, NY, Tattoo Andy, Dankbuilt, Mike Gutowski, Dave Kruseman, Thomas Hooper, Tom Strom, Jeff Gogue, Guy Aitchison, Nick Baxter, Jon Mirro,
Brad Stevens, Darcy Nutt, Nikki Balls, Jeff Zuck, Filip Leu, Horiyoshi III. And, of course, all of the great founding fathers and mothers of tattooing who, without them, none of us would be so lucky as to enjoy the fruits of their labor.
What kind of tattoos do you look forward to doing?
If a tattoo doesn’t make me excited or I know it’s out of my bounds, I’m not the artist to be doing it. That said, I only book for the pieces I know I will deliver my all on. I am fortunate to be doing custom work mostly, and at
this point, mostly by appointment.
Is there anyone that you would like to tattoo?
Hmm … yes. All the pale men and women of the world looking to get medium- to large-scale work or just fun little zappers.
Before someone gets a tattoo what advice do you give them?
Ask if they are sure they want to ruin their lives and join in the ranks of heathen and brothel-esqe socialism. … No, I say make sure you have a decent meal before you get to the shop, and bring something to
drink (not Four Loko) and to just relax.
Is there a tattoo that you haven’t done yet that you are dying to do?
There will always be tattoos that I am dying to do every day. Call me a woman obsessed, but I love this shit!