Artists: Nathan Tambiah
What year did you start tattooing: 2013
Do you have any special training: No, hoping to gather experience overseas soon.
Tell us about the style of your work: I specialize in japanise and neo-traditional, in the last 6 month I have been branching off into realism. My style of work generally consists of clean and bold lines, bright and vivid colors, and smooth black and greys.
Conventions usually worked: Australian tattoo expo, where in 2015 I won second place for tattoo of the day . Rites of passage, now coming to Sydney in 2016, will be a regular convention being attended.
Where did you apprentice?: Infamous ink, Merrylands, sydney NSW
What tattoo artist do you most admire: Kian forreal, an American made Australian tattoo artist who over his 23 years of tattooing has learnt from some of the best in the world. His style of traditional Japanese art is now known in every country.
Before someone gets a tattoo what advice do you give them?: I tell my clients, when first starting off, that having general ideas for their piece and leaving the rest of the design to the artist will always result in the best tattoo.
How did you get into tattooing: I have been drawing since I was a kid, and tattoo art always fascinated me. The more that I explored this style, the more it started to become a reality, until I dropped out of an engineering degree at university to find myself an apprenticeship, and the dream hasn't stopped since.
What inspires you to be an artist: Seeing the level at which other professionals are at, and what they create with their hands and mind, inspires me to push myself every day, and to be the best artist that I can be. And my inspiration would be nothing if not for the support of my beautiful fiance and my family.
What kind of tattoos do you look forward to doing: I look forward to perfecting my own personal style of neo-Japanese art, where I fuse my 2 specialties of neo-traditional and Japanese together to create a style not often seen around the tattooing scene.
Is there a tattoo that you haven't done yet that you are dying to do: Most of the pieces I have wanted to complete I have already done so, but being a custom artist, each design that I come up with for a client is a product that I love to tattoo as I have never tattooed it before.