Artists: Matthew Kaufmann
What year did you start tattooing: As a hobby in 2005, professionally in 2011
Do you have any special training: Not really, always loved art of any form and tattooing seemed to be a great medium to express what I had in my head.
Tell us about the style of your work: I am still developing my own style, I really enjoy doing everything for American traditional to new school to gnarly black and grey.
Conventions usually worked: Never worked any conventions
Where did you apprentice?: Basically self taught, have worked in shops with great artist but havent done a traditional apprenticeship.
What tattoo artist do you most admire: Norman Collins, Paul Acker
Before someone gets a tattoo what advice do you give them?: Consider what you are getting and the longevity of the tattoo, dont follow whats trendy on google and be an individual.
How did you get into tattooing: I really love to draw and paint, I gravitated towards tattoo magazines as a kid and found that I had a real passion for the art from.
What inspires you to be an artist: Freedom and the creativity of it all.
What kind of tattoos do you look forward to doing: I really look forward to most any tattoo. I am very early in my career so every tattoo is a chance to progress and work on my style.
Is there a tattoo that you haven't done yet that you are dying to do: I really enjoy the challenge of photo realism.