Monster: These characters are mainly the fondest childhood memories of the clients themselves. These tattoos are iconic, simple but loud, and it’s hard to miss them even with just a glance.
These kinds of tattoos and size are more easily accepted by clients, as you do not have to commit long hours and a large placement on your body for them.
Culture Cartel: How do you navigate the balance between honouring your style and adapting to what clients want?
Monster: I find the balance by adding a little of my usual working methods/style into designs that clients want in particular. I like to explore and learn new things, so I am always trying to adapt with a keen mindset.
Culture Cartel: Are there any specific streetwear brands, creatives or movements that inspire you to keep going, even when things are hard?
Monster: I like to observe the Senja Matsuri festival to understand the culture of Japanese art and its commitment/dedication to its roots, which always stimulates my artistic drive.
I immerse myself in comedy and action films to relax when I feel drained and find motivation.
Tattoo conventions are the most inspiring, of course, as I get to see an array of artists from all over the world showcasing their top-notch quality tattoos, which motivates me to improve further.
Culture Cartel: What advice would you give to tattoo artists who might be stuck in a rut or still trying to find their voice/ style as a tattoo artist?
Monster: To be a tattoo printer (lifting designs directly) is not hard, but to be a tattoo artist, always try to be better than you were yesterday, spend time, and draw more.
It’s an endless journey; keep learning and improving.