tattoo | art | Interview with Jeremy Miller by Iva Kanceska 14/11/2011
Q: What made you to become a tattoo artist? Why tattoos?
A: I wanted a way to rebel with my creativity. I've always been inspired by tattoos. It seemed to me tattoos would be more enjoyable compared to other mediums.
Q: Do you remember your first tattoo?
A: Yes, how could I forget? It was a terrible attempt at doing a tribal armband.
Q: How much time was necessary for you to get into this great level?
A: That is something that varies for each person. It is not so much a time frame, but a willingness to look at your work and find ways to improve.
Q: Some people say that it is possible to be self though artist. What are your thoughts about this? What is the best way to learn how to tattoo?
A: I've met many great self taught artists. But it seems to me that artists who have a formal apprenticeship have a better understanding of technical tattooing fundamentals.
Q: Who or what is your biggest inspiration?
A: My wife has been there for me since the beginning and now our daughter is another reason I push myself so hard.
Q: You're passionate in doing some old school designs. Is that your favorite style?
A: My passion is taking old school imagery and changing or shaping it to be more new school cartoonism.
Q: What do you find as most difficult in doing an old school piece?
A: I'd say the most difficult part of any tattoo is remaining consistent. Be it line work, color work, or any other process of the tattoo.
Q: Tattooing is very creative work. Do you use a sketchbook?
A: I use a sketchbook all the time.
Q: What are the most interesting experiences with the clients? Any funny stories to share?
A: I once tattooed the phrase "Brim stone teeth and a fiery crotch, Dragon Lady. Hell yeah" on a 57 year old woman's ass.
Q: Art could be a great influence on someone's personality. What is the best lesson that you've learned from you long tattoo journey?
A: By having fun with all of my tattoos. I've found it keeps me you and lighthearted.
Q: Tattoo industry has a huge progress, especially in the last decade. There are many new tattoo artists coming up ... Do you have any advice for the beginners?
A: Respect your elders. Respect the people that got this industry to where it is.
We just finished renovating the shop so I plan to just get back to work and relax with my family. Our website is Pigmentatx.com and that is where you can find all of my work.
You're always welcome Jeremy!