Johnny Flowers

Buffalo, NY

How long have you been tattooing since?

2008

Any special training?

I also own a fine art design company specializing in custom art, paintings and ect. sold to businesses and residential homes.

How would you explain your style?

I really enjoy working in black and grey realism as well as net-traditional style work. I also dip into some japanese work and like to change it up from time to time.

Been to any conventions lately?

Niagara falls tattoo expo

What was your apprenticeship like?

Stylin' Tattoo

Any artists you admire or want to shout out?

I really enjoy following Bob Tyrell, Nikko Hurtado and Mike Rubendall. They are so humble and respectable artists. these guys are at the top of the game and still always willing to learn.

What advice do you have for people looking to get tattooed?

Shop around for portfolios. I feel as though now a days people don't look at portfolios anymore and search for the kind of work they need. Us as artists that have spent years in the industry have worked very hard for these pieces and built a portfolio for people to see and choose among other artists.

How'd you get started?

After getting my first tattoo at 17 I was infatuated with the industry. I spent my whole life drawing and in high school would charge $20 to draw up everyone else's tattoo. I bought all the equipment, built a small portfolio and got hired in a street shop and did nothing but flash work, butterflies, lettering and stars for the first few years.

What inspires you?

I love when people give me a broad idea of what they want but let me put my touch on it. As a client with usually a basic expectation, i love blowing their minds away with a unique one of a kind piece.

What do you look forward to?

I really look forward to doing realism pieces, portraits as well as bright, saturated net-traditional pieces.

Is there anything you've been dying to do?

I really want to do a portrait of Lucille ball. Portrait pictures back then have a clarity like no other.