I have a background in volunteer search and rescue. I'm certified in First-Aid, CPR, AED operation, and TCCC. I utilize these experiences and skills to approach body-art from a medical perspective.
I don't believe in having a "style". As a tattoo artist, it is my job to produce the request of my clients. I endeavor to master a variety of techniques from American Traditional to Hyperrealism. However if I had to pick a favorite, I like emulating the styles found in graphic novels and comic books.
I don't work conventions. I think they are gross. Nothing screams sanitation more than some dude spilling his beer all over the plastic floor that will be in place for several days (yeah, Knoxville). While I do go sometimes as a visitor, I refuse to work them on principle.
I apprenticed in a shop in my hometown. It was a typical "old school" apprenticeship, where the owner hands you a needle and says "Don't $%#! up". I wasn't satisfied with my "apprenticeship", so I studied everything I could get my hands on. From magazines to those elementary level how-to-draw books, I read all I could. I practiced shading techniques in Disney princess coloring books, just to ensure I was out of my comfort zone. Eventually I learned how to not suck, but I still continue to pursue my education of tattooing. Now, when I see an interesting piece, I just stare at it until I have understand how it was accomplished.
I admire any tattooist who respects the artform and is interested in advancing the industry as a whole. Some of favorites are Dmitriy Samohin and Josh Carlton.
Eat a good meal about two hours before your appointment, Lay off the energy drinks and other highly caffeinated beverages, Drink plenty of water, and don't do drugs.
I fell into tattooing by accident. I couldn't draw a stick figure when I started out. I was originally hired on as a piercer, which was a second job for me at the time. As I was exposed to the artform, I started to enjoy being around it enough to pursue it as a serious career.
Inspiration comes from each my clients. They bring me their ideas and their stories, and it's my job to manifest those ideas and stories into art.
Effectively, I color on people for a living. I love my job, and I look forward to doing it everyday for as long as I can. There has never been a tattoo that I didn't want to do.
My favorites are the nerd tattoos. I'm a huge Star Wars fan. Comic books, games, cartoons, and the like are the ones I enjoy the most. I always look forward to doing those.