1. How has your style evolved over the years? Who are the artists that you look to for inspiration?
My style has changed a lot in the 5 years I have been tattooing, at the beginning the tattoo flash and art I created was heavily inspired by ornamental & mandala type work. At that point in my career, I just wanted to tattoo as much as possible, producing work within my capability and doing the best I could. Especially with hand poke tattooing, this is what most people were wanting and asking for.
I spent a long time really just learning my craft, studying and understanding it and this was through the form of walk ins. This was and still provides the best learning curves for me. Walk ins can be so challenging due to mass amount of mixed styles that walk through the door. Only in the past year or so, I have felt that I can be a lot more free with my work and really express how I want the pieces to look and feel, and in doing this really creating pieces that are much more unique. Tattooing is amazing as you never stop learning, and if you feel you have learnt all there is, then you should quit. Man, rather than look for inspiration, I look for energy. Regardless of what the craft of artwork is I can feel strong energy from it. It’s the passion, just the emotion inside it. This is what makes me produce more and keeps me creating no mater what the media.