Why an East Hollywood Tattoo Artist Ditched Fine Art for Tattoo Art
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Why an East Hollywood Tattoo Artist Ditched Fine Art for Tattoo Art

Warmerdam’s traded his paintbrush for tattoo machines (for the most part). Adam Warmerdam moved to L.A. in 2004 as a promising young artist looking to learn some graphic design skills. Twelve years later, he’s finally found a home for his art, but in a very different place. “I learned that computers really weren’t my thing,” Warmerdam says. “I decided graphic design wasn’t what I wanted to do. I just wanted to go back to a pencil and paper.” With his graphic design dreams in the rear-view mirror, Warmerdam began tattooing his friends as another outlet for his art. After Warmerdam received professional-grade tattooing equipment from an artist in exchange for a tattoo, the NorCal native was offered a job at a tattoo shop, but he couldn’t take it. “I didn’t want to be an average tattoo artist,” Warmerdam says. “I wanted to be the best. These days, there are thousands of people looking on Instagram for the one artist they want to tattoo them, and they’re willing to travel for them. You have to do something to separate yourself from the crowd.” Before moving south to pursue graphic design, Warmerdam spent much of his time on super realistic paintings […]

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