Artists: Monte Livingston
What year did you start tattooing: 2007
Do you have any special training: No
Tell us about the style of your work: Fully saturated color photo realism.
Conventions usually worked: Palm Trees and Tattoos, Golden State Tattoo Convention.
Where did you apprentice?: Self taught.
What tattoo artist do you most admire: I like to see someone who has a passion for what they do. There are a lot of good artists out there! Phil Garcia is one of my favorites.
Before someone gets a tattoo what advice do you give them?: Make sure the tattoo is meaningful to you.
How did you get into tattooing: I've been tattooing on and off since I was 15. I didn't fully get into it until 2007. I tattooed out of my house until I finally opened my own shop in November 2011 [Living Art Gallery Tattoo]. I've always been into painting and became bored with the standard canvas so I moved onto skin.
What inspires you to be an artist: I have a lot of inspirations in my life. I really enjoy working on a piece for a long period of time and then achieving exactly what I was going for. It's all about the end result.
What kind of tattoos do you look forward to doing: Photo realism. Specifically animal realism.
Is there a tattoo that you haven't done yet that you are dying to do: I want to focus more of my time on animal realism.