Tell Us A Bit About Your Tattoos And How You Started Collecting

I've been working in tattoo shops since I was 15 years old. My whole family have tattoos. None of them as extreme as I, but it's always been something that I've grown up seeing and I knew really young that I wanted to get tattoos. The first one I got was when my Grandpa took me to this shitty street shop on South Beach in Florida and I got this tribal sun on the back of my neck with my astrological sign in the middle of it. I would never get rid of it in a million years. Then I got the cliche nautical stars on my stomach. Then I started doing this Japanese stuff on my arm, which is my oldestO

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I love traditional tattoos because I know they're going to look just as good 30 years from now.

visible tattoo. And then I started going nuts, I was getting tattooed once a month. Working in shops, not getting paid, just getting tattooed.

WHAI KIND OF SHOPS WHERE YOU WORKING IN?

I worked at this street shop called Fun House for a year. From there I went to Hole Addiction and I apprenticed there to pierce. 1 pierced there for a year, then I went over to Bruce Bart which is a pretty well-known shop in Florida, pierced there. Then to Atlanta, Salt Lake City, moved to Mew York and the last tattoo shop I worked in was for Bert Krak. He still owns Top Shelf, and I worked there for almost two years. That was tire most amazing experience because some of my favourite tattoos came from there.

WHICH ONES ARE VOUR FAVOURITE?

I have a whole aim covered in stuff by Bert Krak. He did my hands: the old Sailor Jerry flash for sweet and sour babies. He did my birds. I have work by Dave Fox. I went down to Miami Ink and got a piece by Ami James, E!i Quinters is doing my thighs, which are not finished yet. Simon (Edge) has tattooed a Ben Folds tattoo on me - it's our favourite song. And I love the Burzum tattoo in the inverted cross too. My best tattoos are on my legs because I started those last,

DO THINK IT'S ALWAYS IMPORTANT TO BE UNIQUI WITH YOUR TATTOO DESIGNS OR IS TRADITIONAL BETTER?

Personally, I love traditional tattoos because I know they're going to look just as good 30 years from now. There's more of a story behind it too. I do have some new school stuff and some neo traditional stuff, but I think if I'd had known what I know now back then, I would probably have just had them all black and traditional.

IN TNE SAME WAY, WHAT RULES SHOULD PEOPLE FOLLOW WHEN GETTING TATTOOS?

For a first tattoo I think it's better to start somewhere where it's not visible to make sure you know what you're going to be doing. I see a lot of people nowadays who have absolutely no tattoos getting their hands done, the sides of their necks...Fuck I was covered before I got my neck tattooed. It's kind of like a rite of passage. You have to earn it. And these kids are trying to outdo each other. I'm fucking 26 years old. Thank God I have another hobby otherwise what would I do for a living? Just fucking think about it before you make that decision. "^T

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