Artists: Mickey Warner
What year did you start tattooing: 2002
Do you have any special training: No "special" training. I try to watch as many training videos as I can get my hands on. Usually Nikko or Mike DeVries vids.
Tell us about the style of your work: I love to tattoo photo realistic animals, Japanese style tattoos, and black and grey portraits. I would like to think of myself as a versatile artist who doesn't specifically specialize in one particular style. I really enjoy philosophical or metaphysical themed tattoos, the ones that stir emotions in other people. Mostly I just like it when the customer is really really into the piece.
Conventions usually worked: Haven't worked any conventions. Not really a people person when it comes to large crowds. I like one on one time with people.
Where did you apprentice?: Sea Tramp Tattoo School by Don Deaton in 2000
What tattoo artist do you most admire: Mike Derives, Nikko, Liz Cook.
Before someone gets a tattoo what advice do you give them?: Mostly I consult with them about their visions. What they are looking for style wise. If they don't know then I sit down with them and explain all the different styles of tattooing that's available. I try to match the style with the personality and look of the customer. If they haven't been tattooed before I suggest a small one at first.
How did you get into tattooing: Since I was 15 yrs old, I've wanted to be a tattoo artist. I've always loved art since I was a little kid. I was having drawing contests with my older sister when we were 7 and 8 years old. When I was 19 I met a tattoo artist who owned her own studio and she told me about some books to buy and about the school program that I ended up going to. She really helped me get started.
What inspires you to be an artist: Learning from artists that are better than I am. Striving to become just as good as them inspires me to push myself harder.
What kind of tattoos do you look forward to doing: Photo realistic human portraits. I've just started them and need a lot of practice still but I'm looking forward to getting good at them.
Is there a tattoo that you haven't done yet that you are dying to do: A full body Japanese custom style body suite.