Artists: Kendal Harkey
What year did you start tattooing: 2009
Do you have any special training: I have a degree in art (BSE in art education).
Tell us about the style of your work: I have a very versatile style ranging from smooth black and grey to oriental to illustrative to photorealism. A lot of people say my tattoos look like paintings.
Conventions usually worked: I have worked several on the Ink Life Tour and various others from time to time.
Where did you apprentice?: I apprenticed under Chris Thomas at Golden Lotus Tattoo Studio in Little Rock, Arkansas.
What tattoo artist do you most admire: There are too many to list, but my favorites are probably Paul Acker and Teresa Sharpe.
Before someone gets a tattoo what advice do you give them?: Do your research and find an artist that does what you want. Give them an idea and let them do it without too many instructions, it makes for the best tattoos.
How did you get into tattooing: I was a high school art teacher for quite awhile when I started getting tattooed. I took an immediate interest in tattooing and it seemed to consume every bit of my creative efforts and has never stopped. I showed Chris Thomas my painting portfolio several years ago (with no intention of trying to apprentice) and he really seemed to like it. After quite some time,out of the blue, he offered me an apprenticeship and the rest is history.
What inspires you to be an artist: Social media and staying connected to the most up to date tattoos being done is probably what inspires me the most. I see new stuff everyday that makes me want to grow and learn new tricks. I also gain a lot of inspiration from paintings and various artwork in all media.
What kind of tattoos do you look forward to doing: I look forward to doing realism probably the most. I like doing just about everything, though. I like the variety of all different styles, it keeps me on my toes.
Is there a tattoo that you haven't done yet that you are dying to do: I want to do a geometric sleeve with various geometric patterns.