New York Hardcore Tattoo is a famed tattoo shop with true street style. Dreamed up by two East Side musicians over 13 years ago, the legendary tattoo shop specializes in Traditional and Pin-Up tattoos.
I had a moment to speak with Baz, an England born Tattoo Artist of New York Hardcore, and he spilled the truth about tattoo artist apprenticeships, his design inspiration, and what he does in his free time. (Not much!)
Tell me about your tattoo shop and your artists:
Basically we are a everything tattoo shop, though Holly and I both have a more Traditional style. Miykey does really cool and colorful 80s tattoo designs, and he is just amazing at script tattoos. We are all very eclectic, and we also specialize in black and grey tattoos.
How do you find new inspirations for your tattoo designs?
We’re all just very interested in artwork. From graffiti, comic books, to movie posters, and inspiration from tattooists such as Bob Tyrell and Richie Clarke.
What personal sacrifices have you made to become a professional tattoo artist?
I guess I’d say time and money. But really, nothing has truly been a sacrifice. If you want to be a tattoo artist you have to be willing to be treated like shit in the beginning, that’s just part of it, if you go about it the right way. If you have the enthusiasm and the drive to go through a tattooing apprenticeship, you’ll make it and you’ll come out a better person.
Describe a time you where you believe your talent truly helped someone.
Everyone has their own reasons for getting a tattoo. Thanks to Reality television shows, now everything is supposed to have a “special meaning”; like my dog died, or I just lost my favorite pencil so I’m going to get it tattooed instead.
I do Memorial tattoos here, but I haven’t ever had someone break down and cry at the end of their session. Perhaps it’s because I don’t have cameras running in my shop. I guess I’ve helped people because every tattoo has meaning to the person wearing it, even if it means nothing to me or anyone else.
What is the greatest professional goal you have achieved as a tattoo artist?
Probably having other people like my artwork. Kids from Europe and Australia have come to me saying “I’ve wanted to get tattooed by you,” or they see the bands on the road like Rancid who have been tattooed here. Music artists like Robin Williams and the Misfits have come to hang in our shop. Just having a following for my art has been really cool.
When you aren’t tattooing, you can be found…
At a bar, sitting having brunch with my wife and dog, or we’re at the gym. We drink and we workout. That’s basically what we do.
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