Here is a recent interview with a hungarian tattoo magazine. thought i would share, since we wont be able to actually read the interview.
- Firstly please tell us a bit about yourself.
I was born in California back in the 70's, my mother was a painter and my father was in the air force. My father?s job took us all over the world and by age 16, I had been to over 12 countries. At the time I did not really appreciate the opportunity I had given to me, but now I look back on those days frequently for inspiration. It is one of the reasons I enjoy traveling so much. My mother inspired me to be an artist. I can remember as a child watching her paint, and wanting to create something from nothing. I was fascinated by that concept... and still am to this day. I guess the idea of conception to creation has carried over into other areas of my life. Programming, graphic design, culinary arts, beer brewing and anything that lets me create.
- What made you want to become a tattoo artist?
I have always dreamed of being a tattooer, as a kid, I would constantly draw all over myself with permanent markers. It would drive my parents crazy. I can still hear my mom telling me how I will get ink poisoning. It was not until I graduated high school that I actually considered it as a profession. My friends and family wanted me to pursue it further, but my wife was the one who motivated me most. Tattooing is one of the few careers out there that will allow you to travel and draw as much as you want.
- What does your friends and family think of your love of tattoos?
At first, my family did not approve. They did not really understand that tattooing has evolved into a respected art form... and after a couple years, they came around. It was just last year I tattooed my father, it was his very first. Now my mom feels left out an has starting asking questions like, "does it really hurt that bad?". I am guessing its just a matter of time before she gets her first tattoo. As for my friends, most of them have been very supportive.
- What is your earliest memory of someone close to you being tattooed ie Father, Mother, Friend etc. Or are family not into tattoos?
My uncle, he was my first real (up close) experience with tattoos. He had quite a few small ones ( but back then, that was considered a lot). I remember my grandparents harassing him about his tattoos, I guess the rebel factor appealed to me a little at that young of an age. Not to mention my uncle is was one of the coolest adults I knew at the time. Looking back on that makes me wonder how much of an influence he really had on my love of tattoos.
- How long have you been tattooing?
I finished my apprenticeship in April of 2006 at one of the first tattoo studios to open in South Carolina. I will hit my 3 year mark next April. I moved here to Atlanta Georgia to work at All or Nothing Tattoo in June of 2008.
- What did you do before you started tattooing?
I was a programmer / graphic designer. I ran my own development company for almost 5 years. This was during the early multimedia phase of the internet when broadband just started taking off. We developed flash media promos and web based applications mostly. It was fun. I still enjoy programming, but it is more a hobby now.
- What was the first tattoo you ever did?
I did it on myself actually, it was a hand poked tattoo of a sheep with a blockhead on a surfboard. It is on my inner ankle, I remember hiding it from my folks for months with a bandaid. I was 16 or 17 at them time.
- Which tattoo style do you like best?
That is a hard one to answer. I guess i really do not have a particular favorite just yet. I like color tattoos as much as black and grey. I figure I still have a couple years to figure out my style. That is one of the reasons I moved to Atlanta Georgia to work at all or nothing tattoo studio, everyone here inspires me to try new things and constantly re-invent myself. I guess I have always liked new-school tattoos, and recently I have been leaning more towards color realism. I have not had a chance to do many traditional pieces, in the future I would like to try and incorporate more of those elements into my tattoos.
- Please tell us about the most important or meaningful tattoos you ever did.
I guess the most meaningful tattoo I have done was on a 67 year old world war 2 survivor. She traveled the world speaking to young children at schools about tolerance and peace. I tattooed a small dove with rainbow colored wings. To her represented all the people of the world united under one common thread... it was a very small tattoo, yet we managed to chat about her world war 2 experiences for almost 3 hours. She was an incredible woman and I consider myself very lucky to have met her.
- Is there anything (subject matter etc.) you would not tattoo?
Well, as long as it is not hate related, I am game. I may not showcase some of the subject matter I have done and will do, but if the client wants something that is meaningful to them, who am I to tell them no.
- Do you have a funny tattoo story?
Haha, oh yes, unfortunately I am afraid it is not appropriate for any magazine... (Let me know if I am wrong, I will be happy to share it with you)
- Given all that you have achieved so far what are you especially proud of?
I am afraid I have not achieved much this early in my career, but I would have to say I am proud of the recent move I have made to All or Nothing Tattoo Studio. These guys are some of the most talented artists I have ever had the pleasure of working with. I guess I feel more lucky than I do proud.
- Where do you see yourself in 10 years or more? Still tattooing?
Naked on some beach in a third world counrty. Stockpiling guns and making babies for the revolution. Yeah, I plan on tattooing as long as my body and mind will allow. There is nothing else I would rather be doing. I swear, if I ever won the lottery, I would tattoo for free, so mail me lottery tickets please!
-How do you feel about tattooing becoming more main stream with all the media hype from television and movies?
Everything changes... there is no fighting that. It is a double edge sword, It is great to see people accepting tattoo art as a respected art form, but with that comes a more corporate approach to an otherwise traditional medium. I just try to stay focused on what is important to me, which is doing good clean tattoos and having fun doing it.
- What?s the best way for our readers to set an appointment with you?
Usually most new clients find me on the internet. Just hop online and head to http://JaceMasula.com . From there you can find links to my online portfolio, as well as the http://AllOrNothingTattoo.com portfolio.
Or click here!
- I would just like to take this opportunity to thank Jace for taking the time to do this interview. Is there anything else you wish to say?
Thank you for taking the time to chat with me, I welcome the readers out there to make a trip over and visit us at the shop. We cater to international clients all the time, you show up at the airport, and we will come pick you up!
All or Nothing Tattoo
2569 S. Cobb Dr.
Smyrna, Ga. 30080
Over the past year or so, I have been taking these time-lapse videos just for my own personal enjoyment. after my trip to Canada, I was inspired to assemble them together. I threw in a favorite of mine, Radiohead... well, here ya go.
I recently had the pleasure of working at A.N.T.I Art Elite with Brandon Bond. We worked on two separate collaborations over the period of 2 weekends. It was awesome!!! here's the video to prove it.
I was born in california, and my mother was a painter. She inspired me at a young age to express myself artistically. It is something that stuck with me for as long as I can remember. My favorite uncle had a few tattoos and I was fasinated by the concept of permanent artwork in the skin. It wasn't until I was in highschool when the prospect of being a tattooer began to entice me. I really had no idea how to get started on that career path, and it wasnt long before the reality of life, bills , and responsiblity took over my dreams of tattooing. After 10 years of working in countless restaurants, I decided I need to do something more artistic for a living. I moved on to web and graphic design. It wasn't long before the business aspects of that profession replaced the artistic motivations for my career change. It seemed like I spent more time at meetings and writing business proposals rather than doing art, which is all I really wanted to do in the first place.
I moved to South Carolina in 2005 after hiking half the A.T. for 3 months. I met my wife and started to
settle down. I had almost given up on my dream of becoming a tattooer when South Carolina passed the laws to legalize tattooing across the state. My wife helped motivate me, and supported me during my 7 month appreticeship at the only studio within a 100 miles (the third legalized studio in the state), Holly's Body Canvas.
After my apprenticeship in april of 2006, I wanted to continue learning. I soon realized I would have to travel to other states to learn from the top talents in the industry. In september of 2006, I traveled to my first tattoo convention in Jacksonville, Fl. I attended my first seminar, hosted by none other than Brandon Bond. I knew who he was, and I was familiar with his work, but I had no idea that I would leave that hotel conference room a with an entirely new perspective on tattoo art. To this day, it was the best career investment I have ever made.
I returned to South Carolina inspired and motivated by everything I had just learned. Taking Brandon's advice, I started seeking out my favorite tattooers in hopes of getting tattooed. By a strange sequence of events, Josh Woods and Sean Herman show up on my doorstep in 2007. Josh started my sleeve and Sean started my leg. I am seriously forever greatful to both of them. They taught me so much about tattoos that it took me weeks to digest everything I had learned from watching them work. I continued to travel and get tattooed by Josh and Sean. I took another seminar from Joe Capabianco, and in late of 2007. I was on my way to work my very first guest spot at yeah, you guessed it, All or Nothing Tattoo.
I did a ton of free tattoos that winter,trying to build a decent portfolio. It took a little while, but before I knew it, I was getting paid for the tattoos I was doing months earlier for free. I kept traveling to conventions, networking with other artists. trying to push myself, and my artwork. I know my journey here is just beginning, and I know I've got a long way to go,but I've never been happier about my job. I eat, drink, and occasionally sleep tattoos. I really cant imagine doing anything else. I guess my only real goal now is to get to a level where i can comfortably provide for my family, without sacrificing all my time to do it.
Maybe someday I can return the favor that Brandon, Josh,and Sean gave to me.
Yes, so we we're all just hanging out in the shop, fooling around with the idea of tattooing by way of a blowgun. Just in case you were wondering how exactly that works... I've posted the video we made :)
During My visit to South Korea in April 08, Joel Brewer and Myself had the awesome opportunity to ride around in a few of their big guns. The first tank you see is a bradley, the second tank is the M1.