Artists: Matt Smiler
What year did you start tattooing: 2007
Do you have any special training: not really special training but have picked up a lot through the years from various artists.
Tell us about the style of your work: i tend to lean towards realism, or realistic tattoo's
Conventions usually worked: this year will be my first stab at tattooing in the convention circuits.
Where did you apprentice?: i haven't done a traditional apprenticeship. I guess I'm self taught, in saying that i have learnt from a stack of tattoo artists in various things.
What tattoo artist do you most admire: i would have to say the humble Nikko Hurtado.
Before someone gets a tattoo what advice do you give them?: i guess as far as advice it would be to research the tattoo artist that they want to do their piece. thats the best advice i could give straight off the bat.
How did you get into tattooing: I have been into all sorts of art throughout my life i.e.,painting, sculpting, carving, drawing, airbrushing. so tattooing was always on the cards for me.
What inspires you to be an artist: Nowadays its what other tattoo artists around the world are doing that inspires me the most. there are phenomenal artists popping up everywhere that inspires me to do what i do.
What kind of tattoos do you look forward to doing: definitely realistic looking stuff
Is there a tattoo that you haven't done yet that you are dying to do: man,y where to begin lol