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I just started watching season 2 of The Walking Dead on Netflix (I don’t have cable) and I must admit… I love zombies! In the spirit of Halloween and all thing zombies. There will be a bunch of zombie related pastry, tattoo, and t-shirts posts within the next few weeks. Stay tuned!
In England it’s not a very popular thing to do, but luckily for us local tattoo artist Charlotte “Chando” Timmins decided to take part in the “Friday 13th Tattoos for £13″. So without hesitation a group of us rushed over to the studio straight from work. Charlotte is a a great upcomer tattoo artist. She told us that she loves doing colourful pieces as she likes the challenge and to get really stuck into the messy side of tattooing. Charlotte will gladly draw up a piece for you, but good luck trying book in trying to book her on Saturdays!
Charlotte will also be doing a special event on Friday 13th April. I strongly recommend you check her out.
I would like to take a second to introduce you to Daniel Gerbis. He’s not only a close friend of mine, but a great tattoo artists. He is constantly trying to sharpen his skills and it clearly shows with each new piece that he does. Without further ado, here’s the first B.T.C.C. interview for 2012.
When did you know you wanted to break into the tattoo industry?
I never really knew I wanted to become a tattoo artist. I drew as a kid, now anything elaborate or anything like that, just a little more advanced than the kid next to me as far as I can remember. I was in college and hating it, and life in general for that matter, and I thought what the hell I can draw so I should try to tattoo…right? I went to a local shop around that was near the college,and asked if they were taking on an apprentice. The guy said,maybe you got any drawings. I showed him what I had and he said well you’re not terrible, draw some more and bother me in a month.so I do just that. A month later I showed up and he told me to draw some more and bother him in another month or so. So I did..again.I started hanging around the shop and then one day he said, well you gonna just stand there or you gonna help,ha ha. He was a surly sob but I owe him everything for letting me in the door. And for that I am always thankful.
What is something you wish to accomplish in the future?
Just to be able to always progress. Each tattoo I do I want it to be better than the last. There are two sayings that always stuck with me throughout the years, one is ” hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard” and the other is ” you are only as good as your last tattoo”. Now I never thought I ever had any real talent when it came to drawing, but damn if I didn’t draw every day and bust my ass to try and get better, I guess you can call it more of an ability to persevere. Besides progression, I would like to travel more and meet some cool tattooers, do guest spots across the country, stuff like that.
Who inspires you?
My fiance, she always helps keep me grounded and level headed. I beat myself up sometimes being impatient with the industry or some new style or technique, or why some tattooers seem to breeze by or whatever, she always puts things in perspective and never gives up on me or lets me give up on myself. As far as which tattooers inspire me…well…most of the time it is someone I work with, watching now each tattooer approaches a design is really interesting. I follow dozens of tattooers from across the world and try to take something away or learn from any and everyone.
What shop would you like to have a guest spot at the most?
There are so many I couldn’t even begin to name them all. Sorry for the lame answer, ha.
When are your flashes going up for sale?
My first flash set is available now. I have been dragging me get on the second set four awhile now but I should finish it soon, I hope!
What is favorite style to work in?
I have on foot firmly placed in a traditional style but I like heavily color saturated tattoos, known as color bomb. I have dabbled in new school style too, but not my wrong suit I suppose. I think I can learn something from all styles and techniques. I try to make my own look to the tattoos I do, you know, I want someone to look at a tattoo and say “hey did Daniel gerbis do that tattoo?” I have a long way to go and tons to learn but hey that is what persevering is all about right.
Click here to see Daniel’s work.
*Daniel wanted me to remove the typos, but told him I wanted it to be organic.
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