Artists: Ryan Nitez
What year did you start tattooing: 2008
Do you have any special training: 2 years apprenticeship under Chip Ratliff for tattooing and piercing.
Tell us about the style of your work: Mainly Black and Grey but I try to do it all.
Conventions usually worked: None as of yet
Where did you apprentice?: Corrupt Heart Studio in Huntsville, AL under Chip Ratliff
What tattoo artist do you most admire: Bob Tyrrell
Before someone gets a tattoo what advice do you give them?: Location, future goals in life and the pros/cons of what someone is wanting. If it's something I feel someone might regret when they get older, I try to explain why. Girlfriends/spouses I refuse to do. I want my work to be permanent and not have to worry about me or another artist having to covering it up later.
How did you get into tattooing: I've always wanted to tattoo since I can remember. I started tattooing in my kitchen at 16 with a home made tattoo machine my buddy made on my friends just for the hell of it. Had a chance to apprentice under Mark MaGee when I was 21. I turned it down thinking that I didn't have what it took to be a tattoo artist. When I turned 28, I met a guy that was an tattoo artist and we became friends. He seen my old drawings and asked if I wanted to tattoo. I was unemployed at the time and figured what the hell, I'd give it a shot. He left and never came back 4 months into my apprenticeship. Chip came in and took me under his wing. I haven't looked back and love what I do.
What inspires you to be an artist: The art! Love drawing up new stuff for my clients. 9 times out of 10 my clients come back to me and always walk away with a smile. My loyal clients always encourage me to stay in this industry. I have made a lot of friends along the way. Chip, Bobby, Rico, Shykeim, Will Mcgaha, Will Howard and Warren. Y'all are just awesome and help me along the way to better myself.
What kind of tattoos do you look forward to doing: Black and Grey, BioMech and anything out there from the normal.
Is there a tattoo that you haven't done yet that you are dying to do: I have a lot of crazy ass designs in my head I would love to do. Just have to match them to the right people.