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: Photo realism
Conventions usually worked: Body Art Expo, Palm Trees and Tattoos
Where did you apprentice?: Self taught.
What tattoo artist do you most admire: Phil Garcia, Mike Devries, Nikko Hurtado
Before someone gets a tattoo what advice do you give them?: Make sure the tattoo is meaningful to you. Don't just pick something off the wall, find an artist who will custom design it with you. Make it one of a kind.
How did you get into tattooing: I've started tattooing on and off when 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: People's reactions to my work.
What kind of tattoos do you look forward to doing: Photo-realistic. 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. Currently, I'd love to do a parrot on anyone that'll let me.