Archive for July, 2014

An Interview with Dusty Neal

Dusty Neal is an amazing tattooer who works out of Black Anvil Tattoo in Fort Wayne, Indiana. We had the excellent opportunity to ask Dusty a few questions:


TattooYou – How did you get into tattooing?

Dusty Neal – It was towards the end of art school, and I apprenticed while finishing my bachelor’s program. Metal and Hardcore attracted me to tattoos, but it was the aspect of making art in another medium that really made me want to pursue it. Read more

An Interview with Chris Stuart

Photo by Tim Hendricks

Chris Stuart has spent the past decade honing his skills, and pursuing his true passion as a tattoo artist. Chris describes his style as “less is more,” and strives to take traditional Americana tattoo style and put his subtle and personal touch upon it. We had the chance to ask Chris some questions:

TattooYou – How did you get into tattooing?

Chris Stuart – I had an uncle that was 5 years older than me. I really looked up to him and all of his friends. They treated me like a little brother. We were all into skateboarding and all styles of music. They started getting tattooed, and I thought it was the coolest thing ever. Read more

An Interview with Paul Nycz

Photo by Luke Healey

Paul Nycz as a tattooer known for his skull skills and his traditionally-inspired style. We had the opportunity to ask him a few questions.

TattooYou – How did you get into tattooing?

Paul Nycz – I’ve been drawing pretty much my whole life , and even my high school art teacher recommended I look in to tattooing as a future. My first real exposure to tattooing was through the hardcore / punk music scene. After seeing them around at shows I got my first one at 18. Then I started hanging out at shops and getting tattooed more and more. Eventually I moved to Iowa from Illinois and got a factory job. Worked there for a few years while hanging out at shops around the area and getting tattooed. I ended up at a shop called 5 Point Studios where I met a Tattooer named Budha. after getting tattooed by him and becoming friends he offered me an apprenticeship. And that’s basically how I got started. Read more

An Interview with Nick Colella

Tattooing since the early 90’s, Nick Colella is now celebrating the first anniversary of his own Chicago shop, Great Lakes Tattoo. We had the opportunity to ask him a few questions:

TattooYou – How did you get into tattooing?

Nick Colella – I got into tattooing after my first couple of tattoos. I wanted to get tattooed to look tough so no one would talk to me. Obviously now that has backfired. I had been messing around with some tattoo equipment just screwing people up when I met a guy named Wayne Borucki who really changed my life and showed me what tattooing could be. Read more

An Interview with Myra Oh

Working out of Diadem Tattoo in Orange Park, Florida, Myra Oh excels at creating bold beauty out of masterfully-crafted lines. We are proud to share our interview with you:

TattooYou – How did you get into tattooing?

Myra Oh – I became interested in tattoos at a young age and as time passed I knew it was the only thing I wanted to pursue as a career, so, one day I walked into a local shop and asked if they would hire me as an apprentice, they quickly brushed me off and turned me away. A day later I called and asked them to reconsider, they brushed me off again. The next day I went into the shop, this time I brought a portfolio of some drawings I had done at home. Seeing that I was determined, or maybe just to make me go away, the owner gave me a stack of line drawings and said “trace all of these 5 times and bring them back when you’re done.” I brought them back the next day and each time I was handed another set of drawings to trace, which I did, until he finally hired me. Read more

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