When did you start tattooing?
Where did you apprentice?
I apprenticed in Germany [in Leipzig].
I started and ended my apprenticeship in two different shops.
How did you get into tattooing?
I started learning more and more, and become more and more interested in tattoos and tattooing as both a job and lifestyle, in art school; it just fascinated me. But actually, I've loved tattoos ever since I can remember. I've always wanted them, and I've always loved drawing on other people. Now I get to do it all the time!
What inspires you as an artist?
I guess I'm mostly inspired by people, by personalities. But also by my surroundings. As a Canadian I find it really inspiring to be around rich culture; at home, the first nations' culture inspires me, and in Germany all the history and old architecture inspires me. In German you can say "die Kleinigkeiten", like the 'little things'. For example crown moulding on ceilings, and the way old script is written, and details on old broaches, and the way certain colours can be presented to us. I am, to put it simply, inspired by my environment.
What tattoo artist do you most admire?
Eva Huber, hands down.
She had an incredibly unique style, and manages to stay humble even with all her credibility and exposure.
Before someone gets a tattoo, what advice do you give them?
There are a few things I always tell my client to do [or not do] before getting a tattoo:
-DON'T drink any alcohol twelve hours before the appointment
-DON'T shave the area that will be tattooed
-DO drink lots of water and juice before the appointment to stay hydrated
-DO apply cream to the body part being tattooed to keep it moist and soft before the appointment
-DO get a good night's sleep the night before [if possible]
-DO try to stay relaxed and breathe
-DO wear clothing that bears or will be easy to bear the area being tattooed
-DO bring a bottle of water or juice to the appointment
-DO show up on time
-DON'T hesitate to ask any questions before, during, or after the appointment. There is no such thing as a stupid question.
What kind of tattoos do you look forward to doing?
I always look forward to tattooing people who let me have my own influence over the design. When people say "Yeah, this is kind of what I wanted, but you should just run with it!", I couldn't ask for anything more wonderful. It makes me feel like my clients trust me and my work, which is a great thing to feel.
Is there a tattoo that you haven't done yet that you are dying to do?
I would love to do a traditional-syle, old-school nautical themed large-scale piece. That's a mouth full, haha.
I would also love to experiment even more with colour.