On this day I bring to you an artist. His medium is your flesh and his work, it is awesome! Considering the fact that I have no tattoos I appreciate the dedication to his craft. His name, Ryan Thomas. A five year soldier in this fight for artistic expression. Ryan brings his neo-traditional style to Nashville. Here is what he had to say:
Furies Magazine: What made you want to be a Tattoo Artist?
Ryan Thomas: I always wanted to do something I loved and I loved to draw so I figured it was the only way to make a living and do what I loved.
FM: Is there anything you wish a Client would ask you to do?
RT: My clients nowadays know what enjoy doing, With social media they see all the paintings I put out and I always love to tattoo what I paint.
FM: Have you ever turned a Customer Down?
RT: Yes, generally for style issues. I know what my limits are.
FM: Who would you Kill to meet?
RT: Nobody is that important. Id like to, without killing meet a few great tattooers I look up to. Uncle Allan, Jim Sylvia, and hope they are as cool in person as they are in my head.
FM: What would you say is the hardest part of being a Tattoo Artist?
RT: Time! There isnt enough time in the day to tattoo for 8 hours, draw for 2-3 and maintain a family and a life outside of tattooing.
FM: What’s your most memorable cover-up?
RT: I dont do a tone of them but names of boyfriends and girlfriends is always the best. Its the curse did you really think you would be the exception.
FM: Which Tattoo was your Favorite to do?
RT: I think an Indian headress skull I did a while back.
FM: Any thing you wish you could say to clients, but don’t?
RT: Plenty but I really try lately to be more understanding of their perspective. We try and do what the client asks I would never tell them how to do their job so please dont tell me how to do mine.