Qtattoo of Toronto Canada
Our Artist Spotlight is with Dongkyu Lee, better known as Qtattoo of Forever Young Ink in Toronto, Canada. Qtattoo is originally from Seoul, South Korea and has been taking the tattoo community by storm. A storm of killer tattoos that is. We caught up with Qtattoo to discuss tattooing.
How long have you been tattooing for?
I started my apprentice in 2011, so I been tattooing for approx 5 years now.
Did you always want to be a tattoo artist? Have you always been into art?
I have majored in Art from the University and decided to be a tattoo artist while I was serving in the army.
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Sierra Colt of San Diego, CA
This week’s Artist Spotlight is on Sierra Colt of Bearcat Tattoo Gallery located in the Little Italy section of San Diego, CA. Sierra Colt is one of California’s top artists both on and off the skin. Sierra’s tattoo work and oil paintings are some of the best we have seen.
You have been in the tattoo industry for over 15 years, did you always want to be a tattoo artist? Have you always been into art?
I always gravitated towards art through high school and beyond. A family friend that was a tattoo artist sent me out some flash to color up my senior year. I colored a Phoenix and a friend in art class used the overhead to project it on my back. That moment alone stands out in my mind that I would be involved in tattoos.
How old were you when you got your first tattoo? What was it? An story behind it?
I moved in with some friends during the middle of high school and at one point we had a “tattoo artist” living with us. He had a full tattoo area set up and it seemed semi-legit at the time. But somehow I actually waited until I was 18 to get my first tattoo. I probably dodged a bullet there for sure. My first tattoo was like 30 different elements in one. I had the ocean, sun, a drop of blood, a hand coming out of a heart holding this made up symbol and on and on. Yeah it’s covered now! Continue reading Sierra Colt of San Diego, CA
Steve LaMantia Ever After Gallery Florida
In this Artist Spotlight we caught up with Steve LaMantia of Ever After Gallery located in Spring Hill, Florida. Steve’s neo traditional tattoos and clean work has earned him a great reputation in the tattoo community. We caught up with Steve between appointments and construction of his new shop, Ever After Gallery.
You have been tattooing since 2003; how did you first get involved in tattooing?
By accident. I have a degree in Graphic Design and thought that’s what I wanted to do. After college I spent a few years doing graphic art and actually hated it. I went to get tattooed by a friend of mine and was bitching to him about my job. Knowing that I had artistic ability, he asked if I’ve ever thought about tattooing and offered an apprenticeship. Continue reading Steve LaMantia Ever After Gallery Florida