Doom Kitten; “Neo-Japenese Real-Ustration”:
Doom Kitten, he may be a young(ish) dude and laid back. But he works harder than most and has a burning passion for the craft. He has spent his 9 years of tattooing doing what any artist worth their salt, dreams of doing. Developing his own style and putting his twist on tattooing. One would have to admit, that he certainly has created his own unique style.
Heavily inspired by both Japanese, neo-traditional, realistic and especially illustrative tattooing. He has done the incredible act of mixing them all together in his own style. We wouldn’t blame you for thinking that on paper that doesn’t make sense. But we will be damned, if his style does not look incredible, quirky and awesome on the skin.
1. Where are you from? What age are you? and how long have you been tattooing for?
I was born in the dusty badlands home of blue crystal meth (Albuquerque, NM) currently I am 34 years old (but I hear that will change sometime next year) and I have been tattooing for 9 years actually this month!
2. The name of your current studio and where is it located?
Currently I am traveling full time, I am young and have developed the start of a following, so I thought it would be a great time to get out and network!
3. How would you describe your style of tattooing/the style of your tattoos
I really thought about this once and I think I want to call my style “Neo-Japanese real-ustration”
4. What is it you love about that style?
I love that it is the amalgamation of all of the artists in both the tattoo industry and everything else that inspired me, I love it because it is me, even when I try and make it look like something else, it always defaults to what I want it to look like (which sometimes is frustrating as FUCK when I am really working to study something else or produce a variant in the imagery) But it is constantly evolving I haven’t stopped learning and don’t plan on settling that this is only what I can do.
5. What is your favourite thing about being a tattoo artist?
It is the personal accountability to ones own art and drive and ambition, it is an art form with no current ceiling, the whole world is yours to create with, EVERYTHING can become a part of your work. It is translatable and you an art form you can take with you LITERALLY ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD with a backpack and electricity!
6. What got you into tattooing?
I was in the industry as the coveted “counter guy” role, I abandoned it after it seemed silly but then I realized I wasn’t looking in the right places, that there is more to learn than what was walking through the door at this street shop so, I really started looking and pursuing until I landed in Chicago.. which is where I learned.
7. What inspires your tattoos(and art) the most?
My childhood passions (which incidentally are still my current passions) Anime, video games, science fiction. I love the art of story telling I really try to convey some kind of story in my tattoos… I am not sure if I succeed in that regard, but I think about it.
8. What is your favourite tattoo you have ever done or seen?
I don’t really want to talk about what I’ve done because I want to constantly evolve and not be set on the past. However my favorite tattoo I have seen (at least the most memorable) was this Phoenix back piece done by Shige at Yellow Blaze tattoo in Yokohama, Japan. I remember seeing it and thinking “That is not a tattoo that is a true piece of art in which ink and skin was the medium” It changed my thoughts about what a tattoo can be, that it doesn’t necessarily ALWAYS have to follow these rules that get shoved down young artists throats, that you can bend and sometimes break rules, in the quest to just be an artist.
9. Do you have a dream tattoo, that you want to do on someone in the future?
I have only done one full sleeve, I would really love to start working on large scale stuff! Love that 1-2 session tattoos I currently do but I want to evolve and see what can happen when I have the entire run of space! I would like to spend more time studying all of the anatomy and dynamic poses and incorporate those images into really anything!
10. Do you have any future plans, you would like your fans and the readers at Mediazink, to know about?
I do have some HUGE plans! at the end of summer I will have been traveling nonstop for almost 9 months or so, cultivating an idea of what the next phase of my career looks like. I am planning on setting up and really setting roots in the pacific northwest (although that is not set in stone yet). In the hopes of building a tattoo shop that will be unique to the industry. I always have fucking crazy ideas (or so I am told) and I don’t want that to stop in my life.
I love trying to see if the impossible is in fact possible and if it IS possible will anyone even care? So keep an eye out for phase 3 of Doom Kitten because I would love to be able to have my clients and followers grow and evolve along side me!
Final Comment and Gallery:
Doom Kitten has a tattoo style that goes hand in hand with his energetic and quirky personality. He has been travelling non stop for a while. Hopefully he won’t stop travelling fully now that he is trying to set up shop somewhere again. We definitely want to see more of his crazy ideas come to life in his awesome art-/tattoo-style.
Hopefully, if you are lucky, Doom Kitten will be swinging by your corner of the world, some day in the future.