The way I got into doing trash polka tattoos was interesting. I was doing an abstract tattoo style because I'm also a painter. I paint an oil paint and I do large abstract paintings. And my tattoo art has always reflected that. So I did a lot of watercolor tattoos and painterly style tattoos. And I did that for years and years.
And people had asked me to do trash polka tattoos. And I said, no, I don't do that because it's better to focus as an artist on, you know, your niche and stick with the direction that you're going in. And so that people know you for what you do. But I had a client that had had several tattoo sessions and he had wanted one trash polka tattoo, and he really wanted me to do it because we had developed a relationship, a friendship.
And so he wanted me to do that and I agreed to do it and oh my God, it was so much fun! | loved it! I love doing trash polka tattoo style. It's because you get to juxtapose so many different styles together.
You're doing realism, abstract, ink splatter, brush strokes, watercolor, textures, geometry. You can even get to throw in some traditional line work and the strong use of bold lettering and graphical elements make trash polka so much fun. It's enjoyable from start to finish the most interesting and important time.
And I mentioned this, but it's the design process and I spend hours doing. It's a time where I meet with the client one-on-one and we, we figure out what elements they want in their tattoo. And we even come up with new ones during the visit. So it's better to leave some space. To allow your artists to come up with new ideas, because they'll always see things in their own vision in their own way of looking at the problem, come up with complex solutions that give you a tattoo that you couldn't possibly have been that.