The artwork of artist Patrick Patterson

Where were you born and where are you from?
I was born and raised in Palm Beach County and that's where I still live and work.

How did you get introduced to the tattoo culture?
I don’t really know how I was introduced to the tattoo culture; all I know is that I was sticking huge fake tattoos on myself when I was a young kid. From there I was just used to seeing people with them and knew I wanted tattoos myself.

When did you get started?
Well I started to get tattooed when I was 17. I started to tattoo in March of 06, and I just turned 21.

Do you remember the first tattoo that you did?
I sure do remember the first tattoo I did; it was a kanji symbol that stood for soldier on one of my brothers friends.

How would you describe your style of tattooing?
I would describe my style of tattooing as new school.

What were you doing before you got into the tattoo business, and what made you change?
Before I was tattooing I was waiting tables and working at an eyeglass place making eyeglasses. I stopped that crap because an awesome opportunity was put in front of me to learn to tattoo, so I took it.

What influences your artwork?
Other artists influence my art work and lots of things from video games and cartoons and nature and well just life.

What advice would you give to someone looking to get their first tattoo?
If you’re looking to get your first tattoo look at lots of portfolios and make sure to compare them to other artists. Just flat out use your eyes and brain and make a smart decision on something that's going to be on your body forever.

Do you see your self doing anything other than tattooing?
I do see myself doing other things besides tattooing; I’d like to eventually start a tee shirt printing company or something along those lines. I don’t think my hands will last forever.

Do you have a favorite quote?
Favorite quote is, “It’s hotter than 2 rats fucking in a wool sock in here”.

What’s your biggest inspiration, what keeps you going?
My biggest inspiration I’d have to say is my tattoo artist friends that just keep pushing themselves harder and harder every day, so I gotta push myself to keep up.

What is one thing that life has taught you?
One thing life has taught me is to not take things for granted because they'll come back and bite you in the ass.

Where do you see the tattoo culture 10 years from now?
Well I’m not too sure what the future holds for the tattoo industry. Every day there’s some new guy in his kitchen screwing people up. Also, people in our own industry ripping off other artists and ink companies to make their pockets fatter and really losing touch with the whole tattoo community and culture. But I’d like to think that in 10 years we will be stronger than ever as a tattoo community and honestly as human beings.
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