Interview with [email protected](mikiwelix)
Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
I guess it all started when my love for art was more than just a hobby to me. I had seen a local tattoo artist start a career in the tattoo industry later on in life and thought to myself “surely its still possible for me” it wasn’t long after this I decided to leave my role as a hotel maintenance manager and push to be a tattoo artist. Art is something I have always been interested in and tattooing was just a new way to express myself.
Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started doing this?
When I first started it was tough! I was having to teach myself everything which in this industry isn’t easy. One of the first major lessons I learned was that I didn’t need to draw everything on to the skin, that things could be pre drawn and made in to a stencil! for everyone else reading this it will mean nothing but to any tattooist reading this, imagine I didn’t know carbon paper existed and even things like mandalas I was drawing free hand on to the skin! The crazy thing is I see tattoo artists today that if their stencil printer broke they wouldn’t be able to work
Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them thrive and not “burn out”?
You really have to have time out for yourself. as tattoo artists we are constantly working wether it’s designing, tattooing, or just catching up on social media and bookings, Our work never stops! It’s important to take time out, completely away from your phones or computer screens and have a full day a week of time out. Also its very important that while tattooing we put ourselves in positions that are comfortable for us and protect out back!
None of us can succeed without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story?
I have so many people who have been around me and shown me support, sometimes from a home life point of view, sometimes from a family point of view and a lot of time from social media point of view but one person who stands out to me is my once apprentice, now college Sam. Sam has been working along side me for over 5 years now sort of my right hand man “women” so to speak and she is always there when the business is on a new venture or going in a new direction. Sam is always loyal to me and my ideas and puts all her trust and support in anything I want to do.
During the covid lockdown in the Uk the tattoo studio was closed down for a total of 7 months, Sam and myself decided we needed a back up income so we started our own clothing printing business….. this failed miserably! but throughout it we both pushed forward and didn’t let it knock us. If I would of been on my own it wouldn’t of even got off the ground
How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?
Yes definitely! I have created jobs in the community by opening multiple studios and training people from the ground up, people have come to me with nothing and I have given them a career, not just any career, a career that they love. I also give back by sponsorship, I sponsored a local children’s football team, a local boxer and boxing club, I have sponsored a local Rugby player and many more. I guess the thing with me will always come back to the fact that I never got to the position I am in because I wanted to make lots of money, it was more the fact I wanted to work a job I really enjoy. Making money is just an added bonus which is why im willing to put back in to the community
Do you have a favourite “written Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life?
The quote I always go by which I heard in a motivational video on youtube was “If you die tomorrow, what dreams and ideas die with you” Thats very fitting and helpful to me because I have so many ideas that I sometimes put off and think “nah it will
never work” then I think but what if I do die tomorrow! no one will ever hear my idea…. thats where I got the drive to push myself to start my own tattoo aftercare brand @sooth-ink the idea was much bigger than a standard aftercare brand, the idea was to have the aftercare balm housed in a hands free dispenser that didn’t require the user to physically touch the tattoo with there hands meaning less change of bacteria getting in. SOOTHINK is now going well and TAT-STICK can be brought from many different platforms including Amazon
How can our readers follow you on social media?
You can find me
on the internet
Anything specific you’d like to have mentioned in the article?
I have been featured In multiple tattoo magazines and my work can be view and skin deep magazine website. I was recently asked to be a judge at a tattoo convention where I was placed on stage to judge tattoo artists work from all around the UK, information of this can also be found on skindeep magazine’s website or instagram