Artists: Steve Gray
What year did you start tattooing: 2002
Do you have any special training: Self taught aritist
Tell us about the style of your work: Real strong emphasis on custom work. Black and gray shading being a strong point. Someone usually gives me an idea, and i draw it up on the spot, and its exactly what they were looking for.
Where did you apprentice?: Self taught, no apprenticeship
What tattoo artist do you most admire: Bob Tyrell
Before someone gets a tattoo what advice do you give them?: Take the drawing that I've performed, study it, and focus on placement, and when they are sure that they want to get it, I sit down with them, and go over aftercare. I also will not tattoo anyone unless they have eaten and have not been drinking or using any kind of drugs.
How did you get into tattooing: I've always been an artist, since i was a kid. Drawing was a huge part of my life, initially I wanted to be a commercial artist, but the need for organic artist like myself, was declining as everything was being done digitally and on computers. I've always had a real strong respect for the art form of tattooing and it seemed like for the type of artist that I am, tattooing seemed to be the final frontier for me.
What inspires you to be an artist: Anything dark, colorful, challenging, and also anything that tells a story. I love to take someones creation in their mind and make it a reality and piece of living art.
What kind of tattoos do you look forward to doing: Anything that challenges me as an artist. I'm always learning new techniques, and experiencing new equipment.
Is there a tattoo that you haven't done yet that you are dying to do: I've been dying to do a 3D piece.