Artists: John Vanderpool
What year did you start tattooing: 2005
Tell us about the style of your work: I like to do color realism and new school. Also I enjoy doing what some people usually call illustrative tattoos.
Conventions usually worked: Bluegrass art and tattoo festival Louisville tattoo and art expo Immersed in ink Reformed in ink Derby ink invitational Massachusetts art and tattoo festival Studio ink tattoo expo Baltimore tattoo expo I plan to work plenty more, starting this year.
Where did you apprentice?: Smalltown tattoos under Chris Walker where I returned in 2009 and currently work.
What tattoo artist do you most admire: There are so many that I look up too, Jason Adkins, Kyle cotterman, Chris busching, of course Chris walker, and the list could just keep going.
Before someone gets a tattoo what advice do you give them?: Make sure they get it where they want and it's what they want. They're the one that has to wear it and its pretty permanent
How did you get into tattooing: I've always been a huge fan of art and just started hanging out at the shop and being a pest until Chris finally seen my potential and put me to work cleaning and learning about proper sterilization and cross contamination, and one thing led to another and now I'm here.
What inspires you to be an artist: Everyday life, along with the people that surround me. I love watching people strive for what they want most and trying to push then selves harder everyday and try to learn continuously.
What kind of tattoos do you look forward to doing: Unique tattoos that I don't see everyday, but anything I get to tattoo would be fine with me as long as I'm doing what I love.
Is there a tattoo that you haven't done yet that you are dying to do: Yes!! They're are quit a few celebrities and horror characters that I think would be a blast to do!