What year did you start tattooing?
I got my apprenticeship in 2011. I started tattooing pretty much a year after, so in 2012. I did the usual walk ins and what ever I could to learn the skill. I’ve been doing custom work for the best part of 2 years I’d say!
Did you have a formal apprenticeship?
I’d say my apprenticeship was pretty formal! I didn’t touch a machine for the first year! The first 6 months I spent working the desk and cleaning floors. I can’t say for certain I had the hardest apprenticeship in the world but it wasn’t a walk in the park. I feel like I earned my right to be in that shop learning and I’m still thankful to this day for everyone who helped me to get to where I am. I’m still based in the studio where I was taught and still work alongside my mentor.
You have a very unique style, where do you draw inspiration for your work?
I’d say my main inspiration comes from Europe and Australia! The way they approach their work is different to the usual way you’d see in Americana tattoos. I like the use of weird and crazy color combinations. I like to think I do my own thing with what I’ve seen out there.
If you had to describe your style to someone who has never seen your work, how would you describe it?
Describing my style is always the hardest; it’s a mix of a lot of styles. I use strong outlines, which are usually seen in traditional tattooing, but then I blend my colors rather than whip shading like you would in more realistic work. The style is branded ‘neo traditional’ but I’m not 100% sure on the whole branding a style. It’s hard to compare artwork to anyone else because it’s all so totally different.
Have you always worked in this style? How has your work evolved since you started tattooing?
I feel like my style has developed over the years I’ve been tattooing. When I started out I was just doing what ever I could get my hands on to learn, but then when I discovered the whole European movement of tattooing I wanted to hone in on that a little. I think I took on a lot of techniques from that movement but then added my own flair to it, or at least I hope I have!
What kind of tattoos do you look forward to doing?
At the moment I have the most fun doing stylized portraits. Whether it’s of famous people or of family members. It blows me away that people still want me to do portraits of their family and loved ones, my approach isn’t super realistic so it means a lot to me that people support my style of how I’d do them.
What does your wait list look like?
My wait list isn’t super huge, I only really book out 2 months at a time because I like to be able to plan my traveling around my work. If I take bookings for too long of a time I feel a bit overloaded with work and like I’ve taken way too much on!
It is safe to say you are a traveler, what country have you visited that had the most strict tattoo laws?
I haven’t visited every country in the world but the US seems pretty tight on strictness! I’ve never worked in the US because I wouldn’t want to get banned from even visiting the country! Maybe one day but we will have to see what happens.
Favorite country to visit for work and why?
My favorite country to travel and work in is either Germany or Australia. Germany because I have so many friends out there in the tattoo industry, but Australia because I was lucky enough to travel there and work a full month. The people I met and worked with out there were amazing and I’m stoked to head back over there to see them all again!
What does the rest of your year look like?
The rest of my year looks fairly quiet for now. Heading to Germany to work next month and hopefully Australia at the end of the year again. I’ll do a few UK guest spots in the mean time but like I said nothing has been organized yet!