Artists: James Neiling
What year did you start tattooing: 1998-01-01
Do you have any special training: Time, experience, and lots of inspiration. Self taught.n/a
What tattoo artist do you most admire: Any artist that pushes themselves to the next level with each piece. Our industry needs ALOT more of these. Particularly fond of Den Yakovlov.
How did you get into tattooing: Tattooing was my big "What I want to do when I grow up." After several dead ends looking for an apprenticeship as a teenager, I decided to do for myself, and absorbed as much literature as i could get my hands on. Dermatology textbooks, medical reference books containing proper sterile procedure and cross contamination prevention, anything i could find pertaining to the proper mechanics of tattooing, and so on... After several years of study, I purchased an autoclave, a Spaulding & Rogers start-up kit, and built a home studio. [ Note to anyone wanting to take the "online home kit" route into tattooing, DON'T!!! The steps I took into the industry was a very looong arduous process! Train under a professional. PERIOD!]
Anyhoooo....after about 5 years of the home gig, I landed a job in my first street shop, at Needle Masters in Toledo, Ohio [Luv ya, guys!] There, i had the opportunity to work around a lot of skilled, and talented tattooists, and embelish my own skills.
Many years, several seized opportunities, a few bad decisions, and one wild-ass ride later, here i stand.
What kind of tattoos do you look forward to doing: Anything that I can challenge myself with. Been pretty stoked about color portrait work, as of late.