Q: How long have you been tattooing?
A: Its always tough to pinpoint exactly when I started, but I’d say I’ve been tattooing professionally for at least 10 years now.
Q: What are some of your favourite things to tattoo?
A:Its pretty much impossible to pick one favourite thing to tattoo because I love the fact that everyday I get the chance to tattoo so many different things! If I could narrow it down I would say that my favourite things to tattoo would have to be: different characters and faces.
I also love to do animals or creatures but my absolute favourite would have to be lady heads and faces! For me the funnest things to design are different characters like a cool Voodoo Lady or a piratey old Ship Captain. Anything with a face!
Q: What style of tattooing do you most like to do?
A: Most of what I do is soft black and grey and black and grey definitely is my favourite thing to do, but I do like to use some colour when the design calls for it. If I do use colour, I tend to gravitate towards the more warm, earthy sort of colours, but again, it all depends on whats best for the tattoo.
I love to do very fine line realistic portrait type pieces but I do also really love to draw things freehand with a bit of an illustrative style to them. I always like to include crisp clean lines in different line weights (some thick some thin) throughout the tattoo to give it a nice bold finish that will hold the tattoo tightly together for years to come.
Q: Do you prefer to do bigger tattoos or smaller tattoos?
A:If I could have my choice it would be to do an equal number of both. Large, multi session tattoos take a lot of time, work and commitment. Its always fun and very rewarding to invest so much time and effort into a project and see it come together over the sessions. It becomes a fun collaboration between myself and my client so I always love to have at least a few larger tattoo projects on the go. Smaller tattoos are always a lot of fun too! Its nice to be able to start and finish the tattoo in one sitting and doing multiple small tattoos means that I get tattoo a lot of different designs and subject matter. I really love doing all tattoos, from smaller palm size tattoos to huge back pieces. A tattoo doesn't have to be a whole sleeve or a back piece to be fun and interesting, it all really depends on the idea and the subject matter!
Q: What would be your ideal Client / Tattoo idea be?
A:When I first meet my clients, during the consultation, the first questions I like to ask are things like:
“What inspired you to get this tattoo?” or “ what kind of feeling would you want the tattoo to have? Sad, Evil, Happy, Peaceful, dark or horrific / scary, ect.” This is why I love to tattoo characters and faces! Using different characters and facial expressions is a great way to give the tattoo its overall “feel”. If we’re going for sad, you would use a character with a sad pose or expression. If we’re trying to go for an overall evil feel we would use an evil sinister looking face and so on. By starting out with just the overall feel of the tattoo it helps to keep things open and loose and leaves some room for creativity. Once we’ve agreed on the “feel” of the tattoo then we can start deciding on subject matter (exactly what images we are going to use in the tattoo).
From this point the tattoo can evolve into almost anything but at the same time it gives us a solid foundation to work from. Sometimes the original idea that the client brought in will work the best, but I find that its important to explore all of our options to make sure that we do the best tattoo we can possibly do!
At the end of the day, every tattoo, big or small is a 50/50 collaboration between the artist and the client, which means for the whole thing to work we both have to love it.
Q: What are some common misconceptions and mistakes people make when coming up with their tattoo idea?
A: The most common mistake made by people deciding on a tattoo is that they tend to over think it.
Most people think that the artist will expect them to know exactly what they want before they come in for their consultation, while it is important to be prepared the reality is that leaving some room for creativity is just as important. I find that when the artist asks the question “what do you want to get done?” the clients natural reaction is to feel like its their job to have the whole tattoo design figured out, when really, as the artist, thats my job. If the client does over think the design they tend to become attached to certain images that may not work or they can sometimes try and incorporate too many different ideas into one tattoo.
In order to avoid problems like these its important to remember that its the clients job to just relax, not over think things and focus on the idea behind the tattoo or what inspired then to get tattooed in the first place. And its the artists job to take that idea and create an image or picture out of it.
Q: What is the best way to prepare for a consultation with you?
A: When you come in for your consultation you only have to bring a few things. Its best to just have the basic idea for your tattoo figured out. Just simply what made you want to get the tattoo in the first place, leaving plenty of room for us to brainstorm and build the tattoo together.
You can also bring with you any reference pictures you might have. Reference photos are a good way to help me understand what you have pictured in your mind, but don't worry about trying to find anything exact. Unless we’re doing a specific portrait, I like to design custom pieces for all my clients, rather than just duplicating an image on them that somebody has already made.
And last but not least please remember to bring a Cash deposit with you to your consultation. We cannot book you any tattoo appointments without a cash deposit.