Thanks for you time Bert, what’s been happening?
Just keeping busy, between my family, tattooing, machine bulding and painting i don’t have much down time.
For those who are unfamiliar with you and what you do, can you tell us a bit about yourself and walk us through your typical day?
My day starts around 7 am. with taking my kids to school. After i get back home, breakfast with my wife and then around 10 or 11 i head off to work. I usually get home around 10, i’ve been working 6 days a week my entire career. Sundays are my family day.
What initially got you involved in art, and how did that lead you in to becoming a tattooist?
Favourite medium to work with apart from tattooing ?
Painting, with watercolors and liquid acrylics.
Who taught you to tattoo, and how have they had any effect on your style today?
And in saying that, you have an amazingly clean and simple style, yet your tattoos speak volumes.How did you develop your style, and do you ever like to stray from it?Has your tattooing style evolved from when you began?
I guess you could say Tattoo’s have become accepted in today’s society, possibly even expected, obviously there being more people for you to tattoo is a good thing, but do you think there is a downside to it?
Not really, the more people getting tattooed the better it is for my and my family.
How do you think certain “reality” tattoo shows on TV have affected tattooing on a broad scale?
What other tattooers do you think are really out there pushing the boundaries?
Everyone at Smith Street and Top Shelf obviously. Mike Wilson, Richard Stell and Bob Roberts are three of my all time favorites.
What are five things that you always pack with you on your travels?
No doubt you have seen some pretty fucked tattoo’s in your time, what is the worst tattoo you’ve ever seen?
What was your first tattoo, and who did it?
What inspires you to create?
What’s in your pockets right now?
Nothing . I’m only wearing underwear.
What have you been reading, listening to and watching lately?
We live in turbulent times, what are your views on the world and society today?
Advice to up and coming artists?
Get a new job. Tattooing is way too overpopulated. If you insist on continuing to tattoo save all your money and get tattooed by me.
Kevin Rudd – Don’t know who that is
Obama – My president
England – Fish and chips
The Queen – My wife
Time – Not enough
Greed – Go for yours
Humanity – Evolution
Peace – The symbol i tattoo on people from time to time.
Freedom - U.S.A
Art – Ky shit
Life – My family
Happiness – Relaxation
Where can people follow what you’re up to and view your work?