Artists: Ken Kile
What year did you start tattooing: 2008
Do you have any special training: Went to art school but never finished.
Tell us about the style of your work: Primarily I do realistic black and grey, some color realism, also. I am pretty comfortable with all styles of tattooing.
Conventions usually worked: Pennsylvania/New York area conventions. Electric City Convention in scranton, pa.
Where did you apprentice?: 570 Tattooing Co. in wilkes-barre, pa
What tattoo artist do you most admire: Its hard to pick a favorite, I admire Jeff Gogue for his work ethic and humble attitude. I also love the work of Riccardo Cassese, Thomas Hooper, Den Yakovlev, Steve Moore... the list goes on.
Before someone gets a tattoo what advice do you give them?: Look at portfolios. Don't try to dominate the entire process, find an artist who you trust to take artistic freedom and direction.
How did you get into tattooing: I have been making art for my entire life. I started attending art school for fine arts, but was not sure what direction I wanted to go with it. I dropped out of art school, and fumbled around aimlessly for 2 or 3 years... I had been tattooed once or twice at this point. My friends would have me design them tattoos, and then take them to a shop to get them tattooed. I became friends with the artist and shop owner, and we spoke a few times about an apprenticeship, and eventually he called me and asked if I was still interested in it. I was, and so my apprenticeship began.
What kind of tattoos do you look forward to doing: Anything that challenges me and gives me artistic freedom.