Today we’d like to introduce you to Neon Black.
Hi Neon, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
As long as I can remember I’ve been fascinated with tattoos and art in general. When I was in elementary school, I decided that I would be a tattoo artist when I grew up and I started getting detentions because I wouldn’t stop drawing on classmates with markers. Fast forward a few years to the age of 19, I finally bought tattoo equipment and began practicing with the help of friends that already had some experience. After a few years of trying to figure things out at a slow pace, I made the decision to get a formal apprenticeship and that lasted about 2 years. I started my professional career in 2011 and have since worked and managed a few popular studios in Florida and now currently in Michigan.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
I can’t say it has been a smooth road but after enough time and dedication things have gotten easier in the realm of the tattoo application. The most difficult obstacle has been dealing with physical pains from old injuries that sometimes make working a bit more of a struggle.
Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I am known for doing colorful neo-traditional style tattoos but I am pretty versatile and love creating work outside of what I specialize in including black and grey. I am most proud of the tattoos I’ve done that have made a positive impact on the client and the quality of their life. There’s no better feeling than being able to make new lifelong relationships and give people a boost of confidence or their favorite tattoo. What sets me apart from other people in the industry is the ability to provide a wholesome and fun tattoo experience for the client that transcends beyond just the physical. I enjoy giving people a great and pleasant memory to go home with on top of the tattoo that hopefully lasts as long as the dermagraphic. If I can make someone smile and feel a little special or more of an individual then I am completely satisfied.
Where do you see things going in the next 5-10 years?
The tattoo industry has been making big advancements in the last decade by way of equipment and techniques. Although most older artists feel that things have become over-saturated, I personally think it’s been a blessing to have so many amazing new artists not afraid to push boundaries and metaphorically open new boxes. I can’t really predict what the next trend might be but one thing I can say is I hope it’s nothing to do with the word “watercolor”. But seriously I want all the new artists reading this to keep in mind the way your tattoos are healing and always look at the longevity of the piece. Will it look nice and readable in five, ten, or even twenty years from now? Just remember you don’t have to wear the tattoo and you can impact the client’s quality of life in a positive or negative way. More CARE is the mandatory shift I’m hoping for from my perspective. It’s not about the money it’s about the thought and care you are putting into your work. After the money is long gone the tattoo will still be around but also temporarily.
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