Kyle Adams is a tattoo artist and creative working at Melburn Made Ink and specializes in blackwork and fineline.
What's up man how have you been?
Good bro really good, back at work now it's all been pretty good.
So how did you get into tattooing? Was it kind of like a natural progression from sketching and drawing?
Yeah, didn't you study shoe design at college?
And you’re at Melbourne Made Ink?
Obviously, anything close quarters or close contact in this pandemic is usually a no-no – tattooing can't avoid this. How do you think the pandemic has affected the tattooing industry?
Are there new changes that you think are here to stay? (to the industry) Virtual consultations maybe?
That was kind of a guess from me I'm likely way off
Where do you think the future of the tattoo industry is going?
I've seen certain inks out there where it only lasts for a year?
What tattoo styles do you see becoming popular next?
It used to be big in the 90s right?
Can you imagine a world where you get a tattoo removed one day and then the next day you can replace it straight away?
You could get a face tattoo for a year.
Haha just a year and then it fades out… maybe I’d be brave enough to do it if that was the case.
From an artists perspective it would be strange and kind of sad to do a great piece but then know that it's going to be gone in a year. But I guess there would be some beauty in that too, you'd have to appreciate it more because after a year it would be gone.
A French company has developed a 3D printer that can tattoo people called Tatoué. Do you see a future where artists draw the sketch and then feed it into a machine to do the tattooing?
It's a hard one because everyone's skin is so different, so I think it would be difficult to program the machine to do the tattoo. But I think you could program it to do the motions for sure, like on a piece of paper? Easy. But, it could be a bit of a horror show on people's skin.
It seems like its too custom for a computer.
Exactly, even doing the same tattoo on your forearm as opposed to my forearm, it’s going to be a completely different thing. Let alone however many other people are out there. But it is a cool concept.
Do you have any particular creative inspirations you wanna share?
There are so many artists out there that I love, I wouldn't even know where to start... A lot of my favourite artists at the moment are from South Korea. I don't know what they're all doing over there but for some reason all of them are insanely good.
A few of my favourite’s are probably (gara_tattooer edw.art taesin___ and yalustattoo)
Do you have a favourite tattoo on yourself?
My personal favourite tattoo is a hard one to answer, I feel like I love all of mine for completely different reasons, but my most recent is a piece from Nami who works at Three Tides in Japan, it’s a foo dog on the inside of my upper arm and it still blows my mind at how well it’s done.
Plans for 2021?
Just get better, just keep grinding. I think that's probably going to be my goal till I'm like 40, pretty much forever. Meet more clients, meet more artists and also travel and tattoo. I think that probably can't happen for a while until Covid is hopefully a distant memory, but travelling and tattooing is up there on my to-do list.
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