Artists: James Danger Harvey
What year did you start tattooing: 2005
Do you have any special training: Self taught, Tattooing and many other forms and mediums of Art Stuffs.
Tell us about the style of your work: I like to try and tackle anything I can, Altho most of my pieces have a distinct JDH scent to them, I try not to have a discernible style. I think I would get very bored very quickly if I specialized in a style, and solely stuck to that style. I am asked this question all the time, especially with Ink Master, and I would have to ask back.. Why do I have to fit in a single style category?
Conventions usually worked: I stick close to home, SF - Vegas- Reno -
*no union controlled Vegas conventions unless someone else is paying... ha ha*
Where did you apprentice?: Nice little hole in the wall shop in Orangevale CA
What tattoo artist do you most admire: , I would't say I most admire any one particular artist. I admire Different trends and styles I see coming out of the states and Europe. There is such a wide array now days of styles, view points and color theories. It's quite impressive. TATTOOERS ROCK!
Before someone gets a tattoo what advice do you give them?: That their tattoo is the only thing they will own forever. Don't skimp on size or detail, and that it will outlast the BF-GF they have now, so don't let anyone else EVER dictate what you get.
A tattoo is a very important first impression when you meet new people.
A BAD Tattoo can say..: I use to be a tweaker and let idiots tattoo me in a garage or kitchen, I have no idea of what quality actually is, nor do I care or fully understand that this is on my body forever. I have very little respect for myself and am overly spontaneous
A GOOD Tattoo will say: I research carefully, Understand quality and investment, I take pride in my appearance. I chose to invest in my skin as it will represent me to others forever, rather than a pair of shoes which I will scuff and toss in the trash. I work hard, possibly have a good job and carrier path as professional Ink is expensive. It is more collecting personal consigned Art than silly scribbles in a garage.
oh and don't pick at it when healing.
How did you get into tattooing: I've always been an artsy kid. Tattooing wasn't my idea, or even a thought in the beginning. It took a friend to show me the light.. I feel some of the worlds greatest oil painters and artisans are also Tattooers. Its a practical way to make a healthy living from Artistic drive. Painting feeds Tattooing, and Tattooing feeds Painting.
What inspires you to be an artist: The internet. An instant connection to all the various interpretations of style texture values and color theory. Need some inspiration? No better way to be inspired than to see someone beat the pants off you at your own game. See it through other viewpoints and mindsets. Oh and there's porn on the internet too I heard...
What kind of tattoos do you look forward to doing: Complex pieces, multiple session pieces with layers of color washes, line weights, and inventive viewing perspective.
A challenging piece will always win favor over a simple piece with me.
Is there a tattoo that you haven't done yet that you are dying to do: yes a RED tattoo. I've always wanted to do a RED tattoo.
Tattoo to me is all about interpretation of the artist, the most amazing pieces didn't happen by the client telling the tattooer what to do the whole time, the artist took an idea, ran with it and let it evolve. I've seen many common tattoo ideas done in extraordinary ways, An apple tattoo can beat the pants off a phoenix tattoo. It's not about what the image is, its all about how its done.