tattoo | Interview with Kyle Young by Iva Kancheska 21/01/2013
Q: How long have you been tattooing?
A: I’ve been tattooing for about 6 years, not all professionally but most. I tattooed some of my friends for about a year before I got my apprenticeship.
Q: What made you to become a tattoo artist?
A: I've always wanted to do something with my art for a living. I loved tattoos but I had no idea how one would become a tattoo artist, so it had crossed trough my mind when I was young but that’s all about. Then I started graphic design and did not enjoy myself at all. Tattooing just came about because of my friends, I rediscovered doing art again and have not looked back since.
Q: Do you remember your starts? How did you learn the basic skills?
A: I've been drawing since I was 5 or so. I remember going to my friend Ryan just so we could draw together, I continued to draw in high school, everyone of my binders had sketches on every page. So out of high school I went and became a graphic designer. I worked in that field in one form or another for about 5 years and I was never happy with it. I had friends asking and wanting me to draw tattoos or start tattooing so I could do their work for them. So like a lot of uneducated kids do, I got a kit from the internet. I did a few small tattoos here and there on a small group of friends, did a few shitty tattoos started watching people at shops when I would get tattooed and applied what I would see the best I could, but it was slow learning. So when a local shop asked me to apprentice, I took the opportunity, it didn’t work out so well. But it got my foot in the door to meet and get tattooed by guys I could watch and pick their brains for tips and ideas. I never thought this would be where my art would take me but I’m happy it did.
Q: Nowadays, there are lots of tattoo styles. Do you have
A: I like to attempt to do a bit of everything. I’ve recently been drawing more neo traditional and new school /illustrative type of images, but I still find roots in realism. I just love anything color based, it just catches my eye.
Q: Can you tell me about the making process, how do you corporate the client's idea with your own?
A: Well it usually starts with an idea from the client, then I will take that and draw what I would want to tattoo. If it’s too forced it doesn’t make either person happy in the end. When they see it, and they either love it, or it’s just not for them, we go back to the drawing board.
Q: The clients could be crazy, weird, when they came into
your studio. What was the craziest reaction from a client ever? Hm
any memories to share whit us?
A: Haha yes lots of weird ones to go with the great ones. I once had a walk-in come and get something tattooed on his arm, he was so quiet for the first half of the tattoo then he asked one or two questions fallowed by, “Are you a vampire dude? Like a real one?”, I really didn’t know what to say other than “what the f@*% gave me away”, then he didn’t talk for the whole tattoo.
Q: Which is the strangest request you have ever had for a tattoo? Are there any tattoos you refuse to do? Like words who endues racism etc?
A: Honesty I think my requests have been pretty tame, I did a zombie Justin Bieber a while back, but that guy always has odd requests. Ya I don’t do the hate stuff in any form, It's just not my thing.
Q: What would you say that is most challenging in being a tattoo artist?
A: Keeping that drive to draw and paint and tattoo all the time. As much as I love it and would never want to do anything else for a living, you can hate it at times too. But I do some of my favorite works at those times.
Q: Tattooing is very creative work. How do you get inspired?
A: I find inspiration in things I dream about - while asleep haha. Movies and books are great to get my mind going, as well as other artists, they always make me want to do better more outlandish things. I like to draw in pencil a lot and I paint from time to time, some air brush and acrylic for the most part.
Q: In a few words, what are the most important things that every single artist should know in order to become successful and respected artist?
A: I don’t know if I’m the one for good a advice, but I would say to not listen to the negativity from people on the risks of doing art for a living, it has its lows and it’s not always easy, but if you keep working to improve one thing at time, it will pay off... Life should be as happy as you can make it, do what you love.
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