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First, Last Name: The world calls me Anjel Illustrati.
Shop Name & Location: Stratibody Artist Collective/Nomadic Artist
Contact info: www.anjelillustrati.com @anjel_ill_ink
When did you start tattooing: I started to learn when I was in high school. I was 16 years old.
Who was your first client, what type of tattoo did you do: My first client was this older woman at a tattoo party I was doing in Chicago. She wanted a bird on her big toe. My friend Antione (who taught me to use the equipment) helped me double team her, it was a great experience indeed.
How long have you been doing tattoos: Professionally, 1-2 years.
Describe your style of tattooing: I’ve always been one to coin my own style. I would say that I have a painters touch with tattooing. I draw ever piece by hand excluding family portraits. Anjel Illustratian Technique.
Do you have any tattoos & how many: I only have 13.
What inspired you to start tattooing: My ex girlfriend’s lustful ways inspired me to tattoo. Needless to say, but I had the art bug in me from the start. I use to draw on my bedroom walls, life size characters that I would occasionally talk to. I recognized the life in my artwork.
Who or what are your influences: I’m inspired by the creation of life around me. I’m inspired by the creators around me. I don’t art watch often to secure my own artistic process, but I get hyped up by seeing others pushing toward their goals.
Have you done any cover ups; if so, how many have you done: There is this food chain of tattoo artist to client interactions. Coming in as a new artist, you do a lot of janky work but its essential to the artist you will become. One half of my career has been correcting my own work and the work of others. I’ve just recently decided to only do a few covers. My lane is geared toward body reformation. We take you on as a client and change your body into a work of art that markets itself. Your tattoos should make you successful. It’s an investment.
What do you want the world to know about your tattoo life and is there any advice you can give to the aspiring tattoo artist.
Like the society we live in, a small group of people has somehow infiltrated the realms of art and are working hard to keep us segregated. The industry labels young artists as scratchers and closes its doors to those who want to sincerely learn to tattoo professionally, making it seem as though you have to be chosen to be a great artist. If you have the passion to become a tattoo artist, Stratibody accepts you and we support you. There are no superiors in the realm of art. There are only those who will continue to create and those who will continue to watch. Don’t stop because of the laws or because of the rejections. If your home is the only place you have to tattoo, make shit happen. When they tell you NO, look at it as NOT YET.