How did you beome a tattoo artist? Does it have anything to do with your graffiti background?
I was always interested in tattooing since I was younger, but I never had the confidence to try it out. I was probably always too worried about what people
would think. Once I finally started, I realised that I really didn’t care what people thought. Those that are with you, won’t give you shit, they’ll just support you. It was like when I did my first outline with graffiti. Once I started tattooing, I quickly knew that it was the best job I had ever had, and something. I would do forever. Although they are different mediums, they both allow me to express myself creatively. There’s so many similarities between the two things I find it crazy, but I found that having painted for so long gave me a huge help with my tattooing, and as in any creative medium there’s always room to get better, every single time you do something. When I paint a piece, I will look at it later and realise all the things I wouldn’t do next time, and that’s just the same with tattooing. They are both so challenging, depending on your drive and how you look at it. I forever want to improve in both. Now I just have two obsessions, and one which I’m lucky enough to have as my job. I work all the time, but I never feel like I did working my old jobs. I’m more inspired to work as hard as I can than ever before. I couldn’t ask for more. It’s the best ever.
How long have you been tattooing? What are your goals and has your graffiti influenced your tattoo art?
I have been tattooing for only around 4 years. My goal is basically just to get better all the time and try to eventually get better at different styles of tattooing. There are so many good tattooers its crazy, but I think everyone brings something different or their own flavour, just like in graffiti. Its super inspiring. Graffiti has for sure influenced some of the stuff I do, and I definitely think that paying homage to classic styles or designs exists within both, but as I’ve mentioned its always cool to put your own spin on things. I usually do try to keep them relatively separate but I like to do graffiti tattoos as well as mostly traditional style tattoos and also I enjoy taking people’s ideas and giving them the best tattoo I can. It’s exciting because there’s so much to learn and challenge yourself with. One cool thing was that people who knew my painting wanted to get tattooed by me when I started. I’m really fortunate for that. It helped me get the best start I could ask for. I hope to eventually travel with my work and be able to do it in new places.
What else influences your tattoo art?
I try to take influence and inspiration from all around. There are so many good tattooers, which is really inspiring to see people out there
working hard and killing it. I hope to get there one day also. I’ve been lucky enough to work with a lot of really good tattooers who have taught me a lot. The shop I work at – Good Luck Tattoo Melbourne has also really helped me grow and believe in myself a whole lot. Everyone is supportive and honest and offers help without ego. I couldn’t ask for a better environment to learn in. Also, I’ve been lucky enough to have so many awesome people that let me tattoo them and support me. I am definitely thankful for that and it just makes me want to do any tattoo to the best of my ability at that time.
You have been to the MOLOTOW HQ many years ago, what was your impression back then?
It was awesome! I loved visiting the MOLOTOW HQ and painting there. Everyone was super friendly and accomodating. Travelling is the best thing anyone can do. I think it’s all about experiences. Being there more than 12 years ago was eye opening for me. Life is crazy! I wouldn’t have ever imagined being supported by a brand like that when I first started painting. The support opened up lots of opportunities to me. I’m really grateful for it and to those who made it happen.
Do you run any website or Social media to follow?
Thanks and hope to see you soon back in our HQ painting the train!
I can’t wait : )