“It’s a long and interesting journey for both the tattooer and client to see their body slowly change with each passing session.”
When you see a tattoo, generally your first thought is probably “Wow! I wonder how long it took to make that?” That same goes for tattoo’s by Jay Freestyle- except his are full body amazements. They range from full arms, to full legs, to full back, to the whole entire body! Jay’s artistry is something to be seen, especially since the body is Jay’s canvas. Here is what Jay had to say when we sat down for an interview-
When did you decide you wanted to become a tattoo artist?
I started off piercing and it was actually my cousin who taught me at the time to pierce, pushed to try take up tattooing. She saw that I could draw really well and said why don’t you tattoo? The thought never really crossed my mind until that.
You also create amazing art! Where did you learn to draw like that?
I’m a self taught artist and tattooer, I don’t have any formal education. Art has always been a part of my life. Most of what I know is just from practice or learning bits and pieces off YouTube.
For tattooing, I got tattooed by very good artists, which was one of the best ways I learnt. Tattooing I find a bit easier to learn because there’s so many conventions for artists to meet up with each other and trade info/techniques.
Is there anyone who inspires your art?
Yes, Jeff Gogue, Chris Guest, Casey Baugh, Agnes Cecile to name a few of my favorite artists who have inspired me.
What is it like doing full body art? It must be super difficult and take a while to finish!
Yes, it’s challenging but I enjoy it. I can’t stand small tattoos. I love creating flowing pieces
that move and alter the body shape. It’s a long and interesting journey for both the tattooer and client to see their body slowly change with each passing session. Pain threshold plays a big role in how long it takes to complete a piece. Those who can handle multiple day sittings, I can finish a large piece rather quickly.
Where do you see your career headed in the future?
I’m in the middle of opening my own studio, so hopefully that’ll be up and running smoothly. I’ve done about as much as I can for myself, I’d like to build up my studio with a strong selection of artists and be able to travel and grow together. Hopefully I’ll be able to balance out tattooing and art; I’d like to be able to paint more often and not be so dependent on tattooing for an income. I have more projects in mind, such as bringing out a book, doing solo art exhibitions and teaching seminars.