All artists that work together tend to harbor a sense of camaraderie that can never be overlooked, but no relationship is more pivotal than that between mentor and apprentice. During the most formative years of a young artist’s career — the ones that mold them from a tattoo hopeful into a tattoo artist — the bond between mentor and apprentice is as essential, if not more so, than artistic skill.
Tattoodo: How did you guys first meet? Did Justin walk into the shop one day asking about an apprenticeship, or had you two met somewhere else?
What made you both decide that this mentor/apprentice relationship would be a good fit?
Joe, how do you think Justin has progressed as an artist since he initially became your apprentice? How do you think his style has developed overtime?
Do you think your personal style would be different if you two had never worked alongside each other? How so?