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Featured Artist: Will Card

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Will Card (insta @willcardltd)…. Currently tattooing at Saints & Sinners in Dallas, TX…
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1.Where are you from??
El Paso, TX
 
2. Where do you currently live??
Dallas, TX
 
3. Where did you get your first tattoo?
Diablo Graphics in Texas. I was 17 yrs old, sketched out a devil head and got it on my shoulder blade.
 
4. How did you start tattooing?  How long have you been tattooing?
I’ve been tattooing for 13 yrs. Started out as a homeless street artist in Dallas. One of the guys from the crew took me in and he had a tattoo machine. I started tattooing out of his house and eventually got a spot at a shop. This is not a recommended method just happened to be my path.
 

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Featured Artist: Divine Moments of Pain — Knibbe Pallius!!!!

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Divine Moments of Pain…coming to NY and CA soon!!!!! Check out his insta here!
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1. Where are you from??
I was born in Stockholm, Sweden but moved around a lot as a kid and ended up in Gothenburg at the age of 15. I then moved to Copenhagen, Denmark for two years and then back to Sweden.
2. Where do you currently live??
I now live in Gothenburg,  but travel as much as I can and hope to travel even more in the future. I haven’t still found any place I feel like home.
3. What Made you Want to Get your First Tattoo?/When did you first become interested in getting tattooed/Have your thoughts of tattoos/tattooing changed through the years??Knibbe_sleeve
When I was a kid maybe around 5 years old I was living outside of Karlskrona Blekinge. Me and my mother were in a candy store and suddenly a Hells Angels member stepped in the store. This was the first time I saw a heavily tattooed man and I thought he looked fucking awesome with all that ink, long hair and beard. I pointed at him and said to my mother -I want to be like him when I get older. My mother who is a police officer wasn’t to fond of that idea but I had already made up my mind that I wanted to cover my whole body with ink. By that time I wanted a japanese body suit. I guess I saw that in a movie or something. Since I was a kid I always felt like I didn’t really fit in so the thought of covering myself in ink didn’t seem like a strange thing to do. At that time I didn’t know shit about tattoos, only that I wanted them, and a lot of it as well.
4. Where did you get your first tattoo?
I waited to get tattooed until I was 18, I couldn’t really decide and I didn’t want to get shit tattoos. At that time I had abandoned the thought of japanese but still I wanted a lot. After that I got tattooed twice a week for about 2 years, I’m still very happy with all my ink but I see body modification as an evolution and even though I love my tattoos, I have now started a second layer of all black tattoos, but I’m not as active as when I was around 20. Now I only get black tattoos from people and friends that I have a great connection with. I don’t really care about the motive I just want ink made from people with great energy 🙂
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5. How did you start tattooing?
I started at home around 5 years ago. I tried to get an apprenticeship but I had to work to pay my bills so the only way for me was to do it myself, I then moved to Copenhagen and started in a shop.
6. When you are not tattooing, how do you like to spend your free time?
I don’t think we artists have any free time, if you have free time it means you are not focusing and working hard enough. I try to work out at least every day but other than that my whole life is about tattooing and drawing, thats all I can and all I want to do until the day I die.
7. Who are your artistic influencers?/Mentors?
I try not to look too much at other artists work, of course that’s impossible with instagram and all that, but I get a lot of inspiration especially from dmt and lsd, but now a days I’m more into dmt rather than lsd. I don’t see this as a drug, more a tool. Also I get a lot of inspiration from my traveling, visiting temples and different cultures, and people I meet on the way.
8. Any heroes?
Hmm heroes– so hard there are so many good artists out there these days. But other than tattoo artists hmmm my mother, she’s always been there for me, supporting me in good and bad times. And also Albert Hoffman 🙂Knibbe_insidearm
9. How has being tattooed affected your life?
Having a lot of tattoos especially in the face makes it impossible to get a normal job in Sweden and thats also one reason why I started, a big fuck off to all goverment and people who judge you because of the way you look. Like a war painting. But of course it has a much deeper meaning than that, but for me that’s very personal. I think the face and the head is the most sacred spot of the body and I want to be visible for my creators.
10. What tattoo has the most meaning for you?
Hmm hard… I love them all, I don’t see it as many tattoos, I see it as one big. But I love all my recent work from my very close friend Ajhan Man who’s working at tattoo club in Koh Phangang, Thailand. He is a true master of handpoking and I have got a lot of mantra work from him in the face and he’s also gonna make the rest of my back, but I’m in no hurry 🙂
11. What are your inspirations inside & outside of tattooing?
Religion is a big inspiration, psychadelics, and sacred geometry. For me all this goes hand in hand. 
12. What tattoo has been your most favorite, unique or unusual (either on you and/or one you have done).
I think I answered that, I will never forget when Man tattooed a mandala on my back with an incorporated swastika, and when we did the buddhist ritual after he chanted and pressed my back with his hand. I felt the energy sooo strong from him into my body and at the same time the sun came out from the clouds and shining so strong at us, almost too strong. We where both shivering from the energies and for me that was a sign because of the swastika representing the power of the sun.

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Featured Artist: Cris Cleen

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Cris Cleen…. Currently tattooing at Saved Tattoo in Brooklyn, NY…

1. Where are you from?? i’m from the midwest originally but spent, up until recently , my whole adult life in California.

2. Where do you currently live?? i currently live and work in Brooklyn , New York.

3. What Made you Want to Get your First Tattoo?/When did you first become interested in getting tattooed? i remember wanting to get tattooed and be heavily tattooed as soon as i was old enough. after getting the first one and seeing the inside of a tattoo shop and the designs, i knew i wanted to be a part of it. i wanted to live in it and dive into the strange mystery of those images.

4. Where did you get your first tattoo? i got my first tattoo when i was 18 in California on my leg of a logo i drew for a punk rock band that i never got going. haha

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Featured Artist: HB Nielsen!

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Currently tattooing all over! Check out his website for more deets or instagram @hbnielsentattoo… HB Selfie

1. Where are you from?? Gothenburg, Sweden.

2. Where do you currently live? Nowhere, I’m traveling full time. I just bought a puppy though, so I’m moving to Stockholm, Sweden, next week.

3. What Made you Want to Get your First Tattoo?/When did you first become interested in getting tattooed? I can’t remember, really. Some classmates got tribals in high school. Stars and Chinese signs were trendy. I remember one guy in school came in one day with his name in Chinese characters on his lower arm, and I thought it was awesome.

4. Where did you get your first tattoo? I got my first tattoo when I was 17 on a family vacation in Turkey. It came out horrible but I thought it was the coolest thing ever. Then I moved to the U.S. after high school and got tattooed the second day after I arrived, and then I started spending most of my moneyNielson_Hb_rosedevil on tattoos whenever I had some extra cash. I think most of my tattoos are paid for by student loans, so I guess I’ll be paying for them for the next 30 years or so.Nielson_Hb_wakeup

5. How did you start tattooing? I figured out I wanted to tattoo pretty late, and had a lot of tattoos and even my hand done before the idea even occurred to me that it was something I should try myself. I was 24 and lived on my mom’s couch, working as a door-to-door fish salesman after having graduated from college. One of the colleagues was this guy I skateboarded with a few times as a kid. He was tattooing out of his apartment and I let him practice on me a few times, then I bought a couple of machines from him. Six months after that, I had a full time job tattooing in a street shop, but no idea what I was doing.

6. When you are not tattooing, how do you like to spend your free time? I like to read books. Some of my favorite authors are: J.D. Salinger, Cormack McCarthy, Sylvia Plath, Harper Lee, Paul Harding, Harper Lee, and Finnish author Tove Jansson. I also like to write. Read More

Featured Artist: Pauly Lingerfelt

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Pauly Lingerfelt….Currently tattooing at Downtown Tattoos in New Orleans!
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Photo credit: Johnny Gembitsky/Posted by Pauly on Instagram @paulylingerfelt

1. Where are u from??
I was born and raised in New Orleans,Louisiana.
2. Where do you currently live??
I currently live in New Orleans Louisiana.
3. What Made you Want to Get your First Tattoo?/When did u first become interested in getting tattooed?
I always wanted to get tattooed. From as early as i can remember. Lots of my family members had tattoos so i always envisioned i’de get them.
4. Where did u get your first tattoo?
I got my first tattoo at my friend Nina Nichols bedroom when i was 16.
5. How did you start tattooing?
 I started tattooing at a shop called Hubba Hubba. My mentor was Patrick Cox. We became friends threw him tattooinlingerfelt_pauly_artist_traditional_black_blackgrey_bicycle_psychedelic_drugs_neworleansg me and a mutual interest in antique collecting.
6. When you are not tattooing, how do you like to spend your free time?
When im not tattooing i like to spend my free time wilding out at shitty bars to good jukeboxes and generally enjoying my deep and heavy romance with New Orleans.

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Featured Artist: Baylen Levore

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levore_baylen_artist_headshotBaylen Levore….
Currently tattooing at Freaks & Geeks in Asheville, North Carolina.
1. Where are u from?? I am originally from a suburb of Houston called Cypress, TX
2. Where do you currently live?? Right now I’m living in Asheville, North Carolina
3. What Made you Want to Get your First Tattoo?/When did u first become interested in getting tattooed? I’ve wanted a tattoo since I knew about them pretty much. I got my first tattoo when I was about 16. Illegally. Ha. And of course its a kanji symbol. I still have it. I don’t think I’ll ever cover it.
4. Where did u get your first tattoo? I got it at some guy’s house. I was very uneducated at the time so I didn’t understand the dangers of doing that!

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