Artists: Steven Natali
What year did you start tattooing: 2011
Do you have any special training: I completed my apprenticeship at Brutal Nation Ink in Colorado Springs, CO before I started any tattooing.
Tell us about the style of your work: I really enjoy getting the opportunity to tattoo anything that walks in the door. But if I had to narrow my style down to a few words, I would label it as abstract realism. I also really enjoy doing anything geometric based or detailed. Precision tattooing is what I excel at.
Conventions usually worked: I am extremely looking forward to starting at a few conventions this fall. I am finally with a crew that shares similar interests and we are planning on going to a few overseas conventions as well.
Where did you apprentice?: My apprenticeship was completed at Brutal Nation Ink in Colorado Springs, CO. Had a few really good mentors. Definitely a good place to get my foot in the door before venturing onward to Denver and Seattle.
What tattoo artist do you most admire: To say I admire only one artist, would be a lie. I admire anyone who gives their all to their craft. Tattooing is wonderful because you dont have to have it tattooed in one exact style. Each artist will do the same tattoo differently, and to me, that is inspiring. I look up to many seasoned artists across the globe. To name a few, Matt Jordan tattoo, Jak Connely, Carlos Torres, Nikko Hurtado, Jeff Gogue, AD Pancho, Corey Divine, James Kern, Cecil Porter, Ami James, Josh Duffy, Ivano Natales, Stefano Alcantara, Niki23gtr, Dave Teneval, Normwillrise, Big Meas, Seunghyun Jo, Shige Yellowblaze, Dan Chase, Dmitriy Samohin, and many many more.
Before someone gets a tattoo what advice do you give them?: The best advice i can give someone is to relax. The tattooing process is 100x easier when a client comes fully prepared and is able to sit and relax and enjoy the process. Also aftercare is of the utmost importance and i highly urge this to every customer.
How did you get into tattooing: Back when i was younger, i used to draw tattoo designs for friends for 20$ each. Eventually it snowballed and i was doing more and more each day. Till finally, one of my friends had suggested i just tattoo the drawing on him. Which opened the door of tattooing for me. I had initally denied his request as i didnt know how to tattoo at that point. But i made a strong portfolio and went in to about 15 shops looking for an apprenticeship. I knew that if i wanted to be taken seriously at my young age, i needed to do things the correct way.
What inspires you to be an artist: Inspiration for me can come as a simple leaf falling from a tree or something as extravagant as a museum fine art piece. The great thing about inspiration is that you can pull it from any scenario or anything. Its all a matter of perception. The way you choose to vibrate into the universe directly correlates to how the universe will respond. Once you decide to channel in and focus on the good in each situation, inspiration comes from everything.
What kind of tattoos do you look forward to doing: I always look forward to tattooing anything. I enjoy a traditional rose just as much as i enjoy a 15,000 lined geometric sleeve. Its more of the personal interaction i look forward to creating. And letting that client leave with a piece of your hardwork and dedication.
Is there a tattoo that you haven't done yet that you are dying to do: I would really like to tattoo a geometric based astronaut on someone if they are keen. One day hopefully the opportunity will arise for one lucky client.