HOW DID YOU GET YOUR START AS A TATTOO ARTIST?
YOUR TATTOOS HAVE A DISTINCT STYLE WHICH YOU DESCRIBE AS “DARK ILLUSTRATIVE BOTANICAL TATTOOS”, WHAT HAVE BEEN SOME OF YOUR INFLUENCES?
My love for Naturalism Art really got started in art history class in college. My eyes were opened to artists that my work is heavily inspired by today such as Maria Sibylla Merian, John James Audubon and Ernst Haeckel. Upon entering the tattoo industry, I have quickly become inspired by tattoo artists such as Kirsten Holliday, Kelly Violence, and most recently the Murray brothers. It's hard not to write laundry list a mile long with everyone who has inspired me along the way, but these few I mentioned above are the heavy influencers right this moment. I also wouldn't be anywhere near where I am today if it weren't for the influence and guidance of my tattoo family at Philadelphia Tattoo Collective: Evan Lovett, Benji Harris, Barnsey, Andrew Lally, Steve Bishov and Alexandra Fische.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN VEGAN? HOW DOES THAT EFFECT
YOUR TATTOO PRACTICES?
ANY ADVICE FOR VEGANS WHO WANT TO MAKE SURE THEY ARE STAYING ETHICAL DURING THE TATTOO AND HEALING PROCESS?
I’M A FAN OF THE #QTTR HASHTAG TO FIND QUEER ARTISTS AND I SEE YOU HAVE QTTR IN YOUR BIO ON YOUR INSTAGRAM. HAS OPENLY IDENTIFYING AS QUEER HAD AN EFFECT ON THE CLIENTS INTERESTED IN YOUR WORK?
WHAT CHALLENGES HAVE YOU FACED IN YOUR GROWTH AS AN ARTIST?
HOW HAS THE CULTURE OF THE TATTOO INDUSTRY CHANGED SINCE
YOU STARTED TATTOOING/GETTING TATTOOED?
DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE TATTOO (OR TYPE) YOU’VE DONE?
I am so madly in love with tattooing animals and bugs right now! Especially for clients that are vegan. I've got to say that my favorite tattoo so far is Petunia the Pig, she was recently featured in an article featuring vegan tattooers on ChooseVeg.com
DO YOU PRACTICE YOUR ART OUTSIDE OF TATTOOING?
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO SOMEONE STARTING OUT NOW?
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