Artists: Frank Sanchez
What year did you start tattooing: 2008
Do you have any special training: I trained under Rember Orellana and Robin Carpio, first at Lucky's, then at Cat Tattoo.
Tell us about the style of your work: I enjoy realism, particularly black and grey, but I'm open to anything that strikes me.
Conventions usually worked: Motor City Detroit, Texas Tattoo Roundup, Ink Life Tour, Hell City, Dallas Art and Tattoo Expo, Immersed in Ink.
Where did you apprentice?: Lucky's in Deep Ellum.
What tattoo artist do you most admire: Of course Rember Orellana and Robin Carpio, but also Robert Hernandez, Victor Portugal, Corey Cudney, Nikko, Dmitriy Samohin, as well as others.
Before someone gets a tattoo what advice do you give them?: To fully research their subject and understand that the quality I want to give them takes time and patience.
How did you get into tattooing: I have a background in art that stretches back to my childhood. I have always enjoyed duplicating imagery but at the same time giving it a twist that makes it unique, and this led me to several art programs including enrollment at a high school for the visual and performing arts. While I had to leave high school early, I never lost touch with my love of art and what it can do and inspire, and eventually began my apprenticeship.
What inspires you to be an artist: Every day life.
What kind of tattoos do you look forward to doing: Black and grey has amazing dimension. I also enjoy pieces with a lot of texture.