Artists: Tyler Turnbull
What year did you start tattooing: 2011
Do you have any special training: I am self taught and was then polished up quite a bit by the artists that hired me at Rose and Anchor.
Tell us about the style of your work: I do black and grey photo realism, but enjoy trying every style if the customer wants it.
Conventions usually worked: Body Art Expo, Gulf Coast Classic
Where did you apprentice?: I was self taught.
What tattoo artist do you most admire: I really enjoy the work of Wendy Pham, Emily Rose Murray and JamesTex.
Before someone gets a tattoo what advice do you give them?: I suggest that they keep money out of the deciding factors and search for the artist who's work appeals to them most.
How did you get into tattooing: I got into tattooing because it was the only medium of art that appeared to challenge people the most. I was already painting and growing bored. It was also the only form of art I saw people making a living at so there was a double appeal.
What inspires you to be an artist: Other people's artwork always inspires me. I am so harsh when criticizing my own work, yet so forgiving when looking at other people's. It keeps me going to know that other people may not be breaking down my work as severely.
What kind of tattoos do you look forward to doing: I love doing black and grey realism. But Japanese follows closely behind that.
Is there a tattoo that you haven't done yet that you are dying to do: I really want to do a full back piece of a Samurai kneeling before his blade and contemplating suicide. The act of an honorable suicide has always fascinated me about Japanese culture.