Artists: Nickolas Chance Bonvillian
What year did you start tattooing: 2006
Do you have any special training: semi formal art training in high school, and i finished my apprenticeship at alien ink tattoo in bullhead city arizona
Tell us about the style of your work: I prefer realism, in color or black and grey, second to that i like technical work, bio organic/mechanical, and small intricate pieces.
Conventions usually worked: i don't work conventions regularly, i prefer to stay local and spend my free time with my family. i have worked at tattoo voodoo expo in metarie louisiana, and will appear at Inkin The Coast this year in biloxi MI. with The parlor Tattoo Studio
Where did you apprentice?: A shop called Alien Ink Tattoo on the main strip in Bullhead City Arizona under Koty Flink and Jacob Bovee. i apprenticed for approximately one year during 2005-2006
What tattoo artist do you most admire: definitely, jesse smith, nikko hurtado, and Guy Aitchison, just to name a couple. i love their color work.
Before someone gets a tattoo what advice do you give them?: Get good rest, eat a couple hours before the tattoo, decide what you want and make sure you are committed to the idea before making it permanent. don't go crazy with it, if you want a face tattoo, then get it after you have wanted it for a long time, not cause you thought it was a good idea this morning.
How did you get into tattooing: i watched my father build a home made tattoo amchine when i was 11. i did the csame thing later that night and tried tattooing myself. it hurt me too bad so i never got deep enough for it ti stick. As a teenager my friends wanted tattoos so i would rig up some homemade crap and mark them up, after a handfull of crap tattoos i wanted to learn things the right way, and i wanted to hold myself to a higher standard than the kitchen magicians i was hearing about. so i stopped tattooing crap tattoos with crap equipment, and sought out a formal apprenticeship, and the rest is history.
What inspires you to be an artist: Being better tonight than i was this morning. I try to apply that to all aspects of life, but art is the one thing that i can do every single day and always take something away from it. Every day, even after 11 years of tattooing, is a learning experience for me. the art world is very organic in the sense that it's ever evolving. there will always be someone doing something you haven't done yet, always something to learn, and always space to grow.
What kind of tattoos do you look forward to doing: Portraits, bio organic tattoos, and large color pieces.
Is there a tattoo that you haven't done yet that you are dying to do: i have a Ghost drawn up, it's from Destiny, It's basically your sidekick that sticks by you the whole game, re-spawns you when you die, spawns vehicles into game, it's cool stuff.