INKspiration – @samjtattoos

INKspiration – @samjtattoos


I first got into art when I was about, I
don’t know, seven. Someone gave me a crayon and I drew on every bed frame in
the house and got in trouble for all of it! I have always had an art background,
went to an art high school, went to college and did art in college, and now
I’m here. Still in art! Before becoming a full-time tattoo artist, I was a
server at a steak house, just basically dealing with so many difficult people and
not have control of my life and not be able to do anything artistic or anything
fun about it. My first tattoo experience was traumatizing to say the least. I got
a tattoo way bigger than I wanted from a family friend. The guy was super heavy-handed and it didn’t stop me there. I mean it was my own design and I still love the
tattoo I got. My first tattoo was my own tattoo design. I chose
Body Art & Soul because I had looked for apprenticeships before and hadn’t
found anything. Everywhere I went they’d tell me stories about all the crazy
things they had to do just to make it in the field and I knew that I was not
gonna be able to sell drugs to be a tattoo artist this just wasn’t gonna
happen. So I did end up putting the idea away for a couple years, went
to college, and then when I finally graduated this shop had opened up and it
was closer to me and made it doable instead of having to go to Brooklyn and
I’m in Connecticut and I can’t really do it. So it just kind of was like fate at that
time. What inspires me to come into the shop
every day is the environment really. I like being around the people that I
work with, I get to have the freedom in knowing that what I do is fully my
choice and it’s a fun time. I know we have more studios in this company, I could go to LA, I could go to New York. I can build clientele all over and develop my style as well. I always say the biggest thing for me is don’t hold yourself back because of something else. Don’t create that
wall. I know for me the wall was that I didn’t really have many ways of
getting to do this but I still made it through and pushed for it and hustled my
ass off and now you know I made it and I’m glad I did it!

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