What does it mean to you to know that your tattoos are appreciated by those who are not necessarily fans of tattooing?
When someone who doesn’t like tattoos likes my tattooing, I feel a great sense of achievement because in many ways I have elevated my tattooing out of their realm of normal interpretation of it. It is very important to me that my artwork be accessible to everyone, not just fans of tattooing.
In looking at your body of work, it’s clear that you find beauty in repetition. Why is this, and where did you draw inspiration from as you developed your personal style?
I love repetition, and I realized its beauty in looking at traditional Japanese tattoos. Everything is the same but slightly different. I found inspiration in nature and I then started looking at the work of William Morris, Christopher Dresser and Ernst Haeckel – the former of which lead to my interest in textile design and repetitive patterns.
What have you been working on in the textile design arena? What are some things you’d like to try in the future?
I have been working on designing repeating fabric patterns for a while now just in my spare time. I have been printing test swatches through a company called Spoon Flower, and one of my friends is going to start making quilts from them I think. The big achievement in this arena is a collaboration I have just finished with Michael and Nicole Colovos from Helmut Lang. Along with their designer Pascale Gueracague, I helped create a series of patterns that have been used quite a lot through their 2013 S/S RTW line. This is such an amazing thing for me, I’m really excited to see how it turns out. As for the future – who knows, I am willing to develop and try anything. I also have a couple of other projects working their way out of my brain onto the street