Artists: Zachary Adkins
What year did you start tattooing: 2006
Tell us about the style of your work: I tend to lean toward realistic or painterly style work, black and gray has always been the most fun for me (having a strong pencil drawing background). over the years I've grown to love doing more color work. the past year has lead me down the path of traditional tattoos, which can be extremely gratifying to accomplish. as far as my personal style of artwork, it's usually morphing subjects with organic elements and lots of alien type characters. with my own work I just start drawing and see where it takes me.
Where did you apprentice?: Ritual Tattoo Wyandotte, MI
What tattoo artist do you most admire: anyone who isn't whoring out the industry
Before someone gets a tattoo what advice do you give them?: I always start with a conversation on longevity. I want them to know what will and won't hold up over time and I want them to know that I'm looking out for their best interest. other than that it's all about how this tattoo will affect their career or future career.
How did you get into tattooing: I was raised by artists so I had been practicing art in one form or another since I was a child. from music to make up special effects.my older brother had a friend that had been tattooing professionally for years, so he got me introduced to it, but it would be a while before I even considered doing it. down the road I was thinking of getting another tattoo and was doing some research online, I found Bob Tyrrells website and I nearly shit my pants. at that point I realized that I had never seen a quality tattoo before. it was like a switch was flipped, I got very interested which quickly became an obsession. after a couple years of constant reading and obsessing about this new thing called tattooing I got my foot in the door of Ritual Tattoo where I learned to tattoo.
What inspires you to be an artist: nature, science, women, philosophy and other artists
What kind of tattoos do you look forward to doing: tribal. oh! I thought you asked what I don't look forward to doing
Is there a tattoo that you haven't done yet that you are dying to do: more horror movie icons. I don't ever get to do comic book characters for some reason