Artists: Torie Larson
What year did you start tattooing: 2011-01-01
Do you have any special training: I'm not so sure what this question means, not really. I mean i apprenticed to be a tattoo artist, but didn't get very far in school.
Conventions usually worked: Mostly local, I've done one out of state convention in Idaho. I think i do about 3-4 a year now. I would love to be able to do the international conventions, one day. I dream of it.
Where did you apprentice?: I apprenticed at American Pin-Up tattoo in the same town i still work in, Port Orchard. My teacher was Nathan Balasi, who is an amazing artist, and i'm so grateful for him teaching me how to tattoo. I started my apprenticeship when i was 16, finished about 2 1/2 years later.
What tattoo artist do you most admire: The tattoo artist I most admire would have to be Nathen Balasi, one he's a great artist and taught me so much. But he continues to help me grow while he continues to grow. He still keeps me motivated and pushes me. He basically taught me how to continue to learn and grow.
Before someone gets a tattoo what advice do you give them?: honestly, its usually Nate [Nathan Balasi] giving the advice popping over my wall telling the client how bad its going to hurt.
How did you get into tattooing: I've always drawn and wanted to do something with drawing, the first thing i thought id be was a graphic novelist for mangas/anime but i don't remember why that dream stopped, I still love anime. When I was 14, my friend and I had to do a job shadow, we shadowed at American Pin-Up [where I ended up apprenticing]. The artists there made us mop and sweep, I did my first tattoo that day, it was a game of tic tac toe with my friend on one of the artists leg. I'm sure they didn't take us seriously at all and told us we should start practicing on friends, i think they told us that as a joke. I didn't take it as a joke though and went home and convinced my parents to buy me a chinese tattoo kit and tattooed a bunch of my friends [MOST OF THE STUFF IVE FIXED] I had no idea what I was doing. Just being a stupid kid. I didn't continue doing that for long, just kinda forgot about it till i was 16 and started looking for an apprenticeship. Which i was very lucky how fast I got one. Not saying i didn't work my ass off for over two years though.
What inspires you to be an artist: animals, pretty ladies and just knowing everyone is better then me so i need to keep pushing myself to catch up. ill never be satisfied with my work, which is a good thing I think.
What kind of tattoos do you look forward to doing: ANIMALS ANIMALS ANIMALS, and girls of course. also anything nerdy that has to do with anime and zelda.
Is there a tattoo that you haven't done yet that you are dying to do: something studio ghibli, but in my rendition.