Artists: Billy Rubino
What year did you start tattooing: I started tattooing in 2005
Tell us about the style of your work: I really cant pin myself down and say I have a particular style. I try to be well rounded at all styles of tattooing however I do enjoy portrait and black and grey realism more then any other style.
Conventions usually worked: I dont usually get to many conventions. this year I worked Inked out new jersey. And doing more conventions is definitely on my agenda for the upcoming year.
Where did you apprentice?: I had the chance to apprentice at Fun House tattooing in Tannersville pa. where I established a solid foundation with the fundamentals of a solid tattoo and Im forever grateful for the love and support they gave me.
What tattoo artist do you most admire: Man there are so many talented artist out there that I cant say one or the other.Dmitriy Samohin has really caught my eye between his detail and original art his work I enjoy looking at the most.
Before someone gets a tattoo what advice do you give them?: it really depends on the situation. but the most common advice I give is usually based on size. people wanting to do things to small. my advice go big or go home. before someone takes your money and you end up with a blob on your skin.
How did you get into tattooing: I started getting tattoos at age 18 and my curiosity got the best of me. next thing you know I was completely submerge in the idea and process of tattooing.
What inspires you to be an artist: mostly my dreams. but I tend to find inspiration in the weirdest things. example Ill see shapes and designs in ink smears while im tattooing which sends my tattoo in a different direction then planned. its the craziest thing.
What kind of tattoos do you look forward to doing: right now portraits really draw me in. realism black and grey.
Is there a tattoo that you haven't done yet that you are dying to do: I just wanna continue to improve and expand my art awareness. and take my art in a unique direction. produce tattoos that cant be compared to anything.