10 Questions with Mike Adams
1. What is your name, where are you from and what do you do?
I'm Mike Adams, I'm a Tattooer, machine builder and painter from Frederick, Maryland USA.
2. What influences your creativity?
I'm heavily influenced by Victorian art and illustrators, and anything to do with nature and the outdoors.
3. How long have you been tattooing, and how did you first get into the trade?
I've been tattooing for just over 9 years now. I was lucky enough to find a total stranger that was willing to teach me how to tattoo. And I'm here now. Time really flew.
4. Describe your work in 3 words...
Romantic, sad, nature.
5. What do you usually listen to in the studio?
I tend to like a lot of post instrumental stuff like Year Of No Light, Caspian, Pg. Lost, If These Trees Could Talk, Lantlos, Antarctic, etc.
But lately if it's a rainy day, I like putting on some light instrumental background jazz while I listen to the rain bounce off the skylight.
6. What is your opinion on the way social media has affected the art community?
It's been great. I haven't needed a business card in years. It's been a great way to get your work out there.
7. Who is your dream client?
I'm lucky enough to say basically all my clients are. Since I'm appointment only, all my clients are serious collectors that tend to travel from other states and even other countries. They are all well versed in my work and know exactly what I do. I can't remember the last time I did a tattoo that I wasn't excited about.
8. What was the first tattoo you ever did and who was it on?
It's a shark head coming out of the water with its mouth open. It's on my thigh.
9. What do you do on your days off?
I do a lot of outdoor activities at any chance I get. I'm usually doing these in the mornings as well before I head to my studio. Hiking with my wife and my German pointer, fly fishing, trap/skeet shooting. Any excuse to be outside.
10. Who else's work should we check out?
All my friends at east river in Brooklyn, NY.
Mike's work can be found on Instagram @mikeadamstattoo