Artists: Taylor Kuhlman
What year did you start tattooing: 2012
Tell us about the style of your work: Love doing anything from realism, to black and grey but definitely prefer newschool!
Conventions usually worked: Chicago- Villian arts convention.
Where did you apprentice?: No formal apprenticeship.
What tattoo artist do you most admire: My current favorite is Victor Chill. No matter what he does, any style he posts just blows most work out of the water, a truly talented and inspiring artist!
Before someone gets a tattoo what advice do you give them?: Make sure they truly think about what they want and where they want it. Don't let the fear of pain in a certain area dictate where you put the tattoo. Get them where you want them. Also make sure to always get a good nights rest and plenty to eat before coming in for a tattoo. Plan ahead, if it's going to be a long session bring snacks and drinks.
How did you get into tattooing: One of my really good friends and I often hung out at his cousins house who was a tattooer, and she was often doing them when we were over at her house. I was always intrigued watching it as I grew up experimenting with all kinds of art forms. One thing lead to another and she allowed me to try a little tattoo on my friend and it sparked a love and a passion for the art that I've been obsessed with ever since.
What inspires you to be an artist: Definitely seeing other artists works. Not just tattooing, but anything graphic enough to catch my eye. I'm constantly looking at things posted by other artists and on different social media sites and striving to be better and to do more. I'm always amazed at the amount of work some artists are able to put out, and that definitely motivates me to create as much as I can!
What kind of tattoos do you look forward to doing: Anything that allows me to use my creativity and imagination to create something bold and beautiful. I love when a client gives me an idea and free reign on the design. Bright, bold and colorful pieces are definitely my most favorite, but I also absolutely love doing intricate dot work and mandala style pieces as well!
Is there a tattoo that you haven't done yet that you are dying to do: Nothing particular, but anything that stretches the imagination and is unique and exciting is always fun!