Hello, my name is Spiro. (Spear-oh) I was born in 1978 in the great city of Houston, TX, where I was raised. I am a self-taught artist, so I everything I have learned, I have learned the hard way. I seem to have the need to learn that way. I have had no formal instruction in art, as the means were not available to me in childhood, but I pushed anyway, and allowed my passion to come through. I have been tattooing for 20+ years now (circa 1994 is when I started) As a young kid, I learn the traditional craft of tattooing. Having an old school apprenticeship, nothing was given to me, and everything was earned. I have the need to respectfully mention my first mentor who is one of the reasons I am here today. Locally known in my area as “Flash”.
I know how to make tattoo needles, tattoo machines, etc., though I do not practice those crafts much anymore, due to having a strong clientele to keep up with. I would say I am locally famous, and love what I do. My favorite artwork to make is illustrations. I love drawing, and adding character to my artwork. I also have a passion for working with oil paint. I am currently working with, and drawing a lot with a Wacom Cintiq. I exclusively use it for every part of the designing phases of my tattoo work. Some of my tattoo influences are Adrian Dominic, Nick Baxter, Jeff Ensminger, Timmy B, and Russ Abbot etc. I love illustrative tattooing. I feel that is what makes a tattoo great. I tend to rely on line work, and value to hold the tattoo together, while holding the fancy subtleties secondary. If I were to try to sum up what I am trying to say about my art, it would be that I want people to understand the beauty of life and it’s shortcomings. I am very obsessed with my mortality. I wish I could live longer than the human lifespan is, but probably not forever. I spend my days trying to tell others through my art that life is short, and to appreciate it while it is here. I also feel we, as humans, have a natural obligation to make way for the new, and build paths, and roads, so that the next generations can explore,… progression within humanity. I want to give a special thanks to everyone I have ever come in contact with in this industry. I am very thankful for where I am today, and what I have accomplished. I currently own my own studio, Artistic Impressions Tattoo Studio, in Katy, Texas. I have the best tattoo crew and family ever.
Spiro can contacted at: [email protected]