I’ve been into art and tattoos ever since I can remember. My mom would draw amazing pieces when I was younger and my dad was covered in tattoos. I never felt like I had the “gift” of an artist; I just knew I wanted to put in the time and effort to get good at it. Giving feeling, weight, depth and life to an image is what gave me a feeling of accomplishment and confidence.

I always knew I needed an identifiable style to gain attention to what I was doing but I also loved changing mediums, technique and focus. Those two things together made it tough for me to see the style that I desperately strived for. I could never see it early on but I now realize that my “style” is in the shading and weight of each piece I do. That is the constant. I put all those techniques that I have taught myself to use every-time I do anything, whether it’s personal artwork or artwork for a potential tattoo.

I started showing art regularly back in 2007. I’d have shows anywhere and everywhere I could. I received tons of feedback, sold a bunch of work and gained more and more confidence in what I was doing along the way. That led me to pursue a career in tattooing. I walked into a shop with my portfolio of art and because of that, I was allowed to learn the ropes. It was super stressful and super exciting all at the same time.

I have been tattooing since 2010 now and am grateful to all my clients for trusting me to do something they’ll love. That is the most rewarding part of my job aside from the actual work: creating memories, experiences, and friendships through my career.

Jimmy Bell Signature