I’ve been tattooing for 14 years, and drawing and painting for as long as I can remember. Two years ago I opened Hot Copper, a tattoo studio where I get to hang out with my best friends and make art every day.
WHAT’S A NORMAL DAY FOR YOU?
AFTER TATTOOING FOR SO LONG, IS IT EVER HARD TO KEEP EVOLVING AS AN ARTIST AND FINDING NEW INSPIRATION?
I don’t really think too much about trying to evolve my style with tattooing. There have been times in the past where I’ve thought really consciously about changing my style or adding new elements, but any time I try and do that it just kinda fails or I don’t keep up with it consistently. I think the best way to evolve is to just be aware of what’s going on around you with the people you work with, and other artists you like, and then it kind of happens organically. I always check out the work the other artists in our shop are doing, and ask them questions about how or why they did certain things. We also check out a lot of galleries together, and have a lot of great conversations over our communal drawing table about things we’ve seen or stuff we’re really into at the moment whether it be art, music, books, docos, etc. I also do a lot of oil painting and try to learn a lot about artists outside the tattoo world which helps to keep things fresh and interesting.
FAVOURITE PHRASE, MOTTO OR LYRIC?.
“Never trust an artist who tells you he has a choice.”
WHAT’S A SPECIAL TALENT YOU HAVE THAT NOT MANY PEOPLE MAY KNOW ABOUT?
I know all the lyrics to Shoop by Salt n Pepa.
YOU’VE ACCOMPLISHED SO MUCH IN YOUR LONG CAREER TATTOOING, WHAT’S NEXT?
About two years ago I started getting really into oil painting, and now I’m totally obsessed with it. I have a joint solo show coming up at Off The Kerb gallery in Collingwood in July with Kat Weir, so I’ve been working really hard to get my paintings ready for that. It’s really nice to do something that’s so different from tattooing, and to be working on a project that’s just for me, without having to work to a clients’ brief or think about whether they’re going to like it. I’m hoping to keep doing more paintings, more shows, explore new ideas, and learn as much as I can!
NIGHT IN THE CITY OR DAY AT THE BEACH?
ARE YOU BINGE WATCHING ANYTHING AT THE MOMENT?
I’m really into all of the docos on SBS On Demand! They have such a great selection so I’m working my way through all of those. Ooh and I’m about to start the new Twin Peaks! Yay!
WHAT’S A MOMENT THAT’S TAKEN YOUR BREATH AWAY?