Artists: Frank Ready III
What year did you start tattooing: 2005
Do you have any special training: As an employee of Off the Map, I attended and participated in 2013 and 2015 Paradise Artist Retreat and Tattoo Gathering. Assisting with production,
Tell us about the style of your work: I strive to have a variety of skill sets and focus on solid technique and quality. American traditional, new traditional and illustrative are my personal interests.
Conventions usually worked: I will be attending Comicon Cincinnati 2016 and the City of Trees Ink Expo 2016 in Sacramento.
Where did you apprentice?: ADI(A different Image) Midwest City, OK.
What tattoo artist do you most admire: My good friend and coworker, Jeff Gogue, for his dedication, focus and inspiration.
Before someone gets a tattoo what advice do you give them?: I like to emphasize the importance of permanence and longevity. I believe the design should fit and compliment the body and encourage careful consideration of placement.
How did you get into tattooing: I was an athlete in high school with plans to pursue college sports. A knee injury changed those plans and my future was uncertain. I found tattooing through the support of good friends and a lot of hard work. When I began my career, tattooing in Oklahoma was illegal. In 2005 I joined the ranks with my mentors to fight that law and in 2006 we celebrated our victory. It was a great accomplishment for the state, the artists in it and the people who fought to make our craft credible.
What inspires you to be an artist: Self improvement, learning and a challenge.
What kind of tattoos do you look forward to doing: I am always excited to get pieces that I can put myself into. I am a lighthearted guy with a love for graphic novels and cartoons. Pop culture references, comic characters and general nerd subject matter is always enjoyable for me.
Is there a tattoo that you haven't done yet that you are dying to do: There isn't just one. All of my free time, between tattooing and my family, is spent sketching, drawing and painting designs and flash. I love to create and am eager to tackle custom designs and build off a clients idea. The next tattoo is always exciting for me because it has the potential to be great.