How did you get into tattooing?
My mother always wanted me to pursue a career in art, however I continued to advise her that that would not be a good idea since I used to hear the term “starving artist” all the time. Then I got my first tattoo. After that, I decided I wanted to go into the tattoo industry. My mom decided to invest in me and bought me my first professional machine and equipment, and I began tattooing myself and my friends (I know, not a good idea). Luckily, my friends to this day never complain about them (laughs).
When did you begin tattooing professionally, and how has that influenced your work?
Approximately a decade ago, I opened my own home studio. Once going full-time with it, I have seen my work improve so much. Working in a great shop like I-Kandy with great artists has done more for me in my growth then I could list here.
You’ve become rather well-known for your detailed 3D pieces – what other styles do you enjoy?
I’m pretty well rounded with the styles I can do, but, aside from 3D, my favourites are black and grey pieces and Japanese themed designs.
You’ve stated before that you’re always looking to improve and grow. What’s next for you?
I definitely want to perfect my black and grey wash pieces and master 3D art. I’m also wanting to get into portraits and more freehand work. I’m always learning, both from technical art classes and other tattooists.
I-KANDY TATTOO & PIERCING
20305 Fraser Hwy, Langley, BC
Monday - Saturday: 10-6
Mihela: Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat: 10-5:30
Tamara: Tues: 10-5:30, Sun: 12-5 *basic piercings only