Do you remember the first time you saw a tattoo, and what your reaction was?
Must have been sometime in the late 60s or early 70s, who remembers anything from then?
Do you have any tattoos yourself?
No, I am rigorously trying to maintain my “old square image”.
As a photographer, do you approach shooting a model with body art any differently than a model without tattoos?
Often I like to have the tattoos play a prominent part in the images, because I feel they go a long way towards speaking to the nature of the model.
Any tips for other photographers, for working with models who have tattoos?
Not really, just decide how you are going to incorporate them into your image.
Are tattoos and body modifications a problem in other work that you do? Do you ever have to shoot around tattoos or use cover-up make-up? Do you ever Photo Shop out tattoos?
No, no and no
What is it about a particular tattoo or an individual with tattoos that you find interesting? Have you ever seen a tattoo, or a person with tattoos and said, "I have to shoot that!"?
For me it is usually the attitude behind the tattoos that I find of interest.
As a photographer and visual artist, what defines a good tattoo in your eyes? What design and aesthetic qualities are you looking for?
Personally I like strong uncluttered design, often black.
What would be your advice to someone who wants a great photo that shows their body art to its best advantage?
Don’t have your boyfriend/girlfriend shoot your work.
What is the biggest difference between shooting editorial work - say for someone like Bob Baxter at Skin & Ink - and working in a studio?
Editorial work can bring with it unforeseen surprises, which I like, the studio is much more predictable.
Any tips for taking good photos at tattoo conventions?
Look for an uncluttered background and try and use that flash off to the side of you as opposed to up on your camera, (or look for a nice window with indirect light).
What do you think of the growing numbers of celebrities and photographers who have tattoos?
I don’t think about it.
What tips would you give to the home photographer, tattoo enthusiast or tattoo artist who wants to take a great photograph of a tattoo?
Learn how to use Lightroom.
What would be your dream tattoo photography assignment?
A rat rod, several half naked honeys out in the desert at dusk.
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