Artists: Hoss Cruz
What year did you start tattooing: 2003
Do you have any special training: At 17, I had a 3-year apprenticeship with my great friend and tattoo artist Pilo. I learned how to build machines, make needle configurations, and learned a lot about blood borne practices.
Tell us about the style of your work: First of all, I enjoy the challenge of portraits and realism. For custom art, I like to illustrate my client's ideas into my own style which is a mixture of realism and traditional styles.
Conventions usually worked: none
Where did you apprentice?: Distinctive Tattoos (Texas) by Pilo
What tattoo artist do you most admire: David Rayner
Before someone gets a tattoo what advice do you give them?: I guide them along the procedure and answer any important questions about receiving a tattoo. Anything regarding the process which includes sterility, illustrative plans, and aftercare.
How did you get into tattooing: I have been sketching superheros, comic characters, and anything that interested me as a young kid. I started to experiment with acrylics, oils, prisma-colors and airbrushing over a decade. Pretty much, I have always enjoyed making art and I landed the opportunity to learn the tattoo trade in my teenage years.
What inspires you to be an artist: The ability to create on a blank canvas from an expanding idea. How others do the same and I try to dwell into their minds just by looking at their art which gives me inspiration.
What kind of tattoos do you look forward to doing: Any type of portraits, realism, animals, bio-mechanical, and custom illustrative tattoos.
Is there a tattoo that you haven't done yet that you are dying to do: This is a difficult question to answer because I get inspired to do an array of things that excite me everyday!