Where did you get your start in tattooing and how long have you been studying the craft?
I started on my own, at home and im tattooing for almost 7 years… it’s was pretty tough way but I believe when you learn by your own your hunger is much bigger when you have a master…
Rotary or coil and why?
One of the biggest question that tattooers ask those days… I absolutely would say rotary! It is much easier with shading and color packing, lines issue is a bit challenging at the beginning but after that its make all easier… For tattooers who doing old school tattoos I would say coil since its better for bigger lines and whip shading.
What is your area of specialty?
My main style is neo-traditional Japanese but I like also to do realism and neo-traditonal style. I like to do colorful work, with nice contrast, textures and movement in my tattoos and in Japanese there is great potential to do that. Japanese style has a lot of to offer, with beautiful concept and history and that’s why I like it so much.
What do you find fascinating about the tattoo/piercing industry?
I think that Tattooing is the purest medium ever, you leave a mark for the rest of someone’s life! Also there is magical thing that we try to do is like Horiyoshi the third said: Tattooing is like halfway world, we try to show things not existing as if they were existing….
Do you have any parting words for our readers? – What is your mission statement?
Besides developing my self into tattooing, I’m working on a tattoo app that will solve 4 big issues in tattooing – my goal is to make this world of tattooing a small globalization so stay tuned! In the next few months something good gonna happen!
Joe Ankave – email@example.com