Steve is a tattoo artist from New Zealand who specializes in color portraits and photo realism. When heâ€™s not attending a tattoo convention, Steve tattoos out of Matt Jordanâ€™s Ship Shape Tattoo.
While Steve was attending art school earning his Bachelors of Fine Arts degree, he wasnâ€™t able to create anything just because he liked it or liked the subject matter â€” there had to be a more theoretical motivation behind every creation. This didnâ€™t quite suit Steveâ€™s interests.
â€œTattooing is the ultimate form of self expression, and as an artist I can create pieces that the customer and I both have an interest in, which makes the whole process a lot more enjoyable. I discovered this when I got my first tattoo when I was 19 and since then I knew I wanted to create art on skin.â€
â€œMat Hurtado taught me how to oil paint in 2015. For me, that has opened up a whole new world of creativity and new things to learn. I canâ€™t thank him enough for that.â€