Artists: Naomi Jessica Schneider
What year did you start tattooing: 1998
Do you have any special training: I started off learning under a female tattooist who worked mostly by free-handing and used smaller needle groupings. Due to this I feel that my detail work is stronger than if I had an apprenticeship with someone with a more traditional background.
Tell us about the style of your work: I prefer detailed black and grey work. Realistic and 3D tattoos are super fun for me. I also really enjoy darker imagery or "quirky" subject matter. The avant-garde.
Conventions usually worked: I've been to maybe a handful of conventions. I am not really comfortable with the noise and large crowds. Although its a great place to buy products and network... these days I prefer a quiet comfy shop.
Where did you apprentice?: I learned under Cindy at Twin Moon tattoo in Bellerose, NY. She's still doing her thing too, just as awesome as she's always been.
What tattoo artist do you most admire: I follow a lot of artists. I find that I really get into Kelly Doty, Natalia Borg and Jade Pinto's work. There are many others, too many to list really!
Before someone gets a tattoo what advice do you give them?: To look at portfolios and don't be a cheapskate. If you're bargain shopping, you aren't worthy of a tattoo by someone who cares about the art.
How did you get into tattooing: Believe it or not my Mother always said I should tattoo. LOL. The actual opportunity presented itself and I dove right in. Cindy at Twin Moon saw my art and asked me right then if I'd be interested in apprenticing...BOOM.
What inspires you to be an artist: People who get excited about the tattoo they are getting. Challenging myself to try new styles and not limiting myself to one style or one way of doing things.
What kind of tattoos do you look forward to doing: Strange things that others might get put off by. Bugs, gore, the macabre. Also of course 3D, animals, beautiful female forms and faces.
Is there a tattoo that you haven't done yet that you are dying to do: YES, a giant full back skull.