Interview with Joshua James – Tattoo Artist

How did you get started in Tattooing ?

I started getting tattooed heavily upon exiting the military. I had drawn and painted in different mediums pretty
regularly from childhood and had a background in graphic design when I was offered the opportunity to learn.

What was your first tattoo ?

I primarily focused on script and traditional flash to start. The first tattoo was a small traditional flower on a friend after tattooing myself for a few weeks.

Do you have any artistic training prior to getting into the industry?

I have taken life drawing and perspective courses as well as a light and shadow class. Most of my learning has come by way of tips and tricks generously given by other artists and Tattooers.

Who influence you a lot with your current tattoo style?

There are so many vastly different styles I like and appreciate. I love the work of Valerie Vargas, Phil DeAngulo, Greggletron, Kim-Anh Nguyen, John Garber, and Josh Carter.

Do you find your work attracts a specific type of clientele?

I enjoy a multitude of different styles at the moment and learning/growing my craft and as such tend to tattoo people from all backgrounds.

What’s your actual tattooing process like?

Depends heavily on the style of the tattoo. I enjoy multiple lineweights and traditional/neo traditional bright smooth shading.

How do you see your style evolving?

Eventually as I progress I would like to narrow down my styles to focus primarily on American traditional and Japanese.

What styles of tattooing covers your current body of work?

Traditional, Neo Traditional, ornamental, and street shop walk ins.

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