Tanner Ramsey from Los Angeles, CA tattoos out of Strange Love. He customized the White TUKskin™ 3-Buckle Boots. To check out more of his work head to his Instagram.
T.U.K. x TANNER RAMSEY
Tell me about yourself:
My name is Tanner Ramsey, I grew up in the skateboard scene in Carlsbad, CA. I am an artist currently working in Los Angeles with a talented crew at Heavens/Strangelove. I have spent most of my tattoo career traveling the world exploring and learning through new experiences. I grew up poor and feel very fortunate that my art has taken me to places I only read about as a kid. I have a wonderful supportive artist wife names Kelle and a new 6 month old little boy names Ellis.
How long have you been tattooing for?
I am coming up on 10 years of tattooing in a shop, and I am grateful for everyday.
What made you want to become a tattoo artist?
I always felt it was just out of reach until I was given a chance and I have not looked back since.
Why did you decide to customize the shoes the way you did?
I love art, all forms of art and I feel like as a tattooer you are always out in this box to draw and design exactly like you tattoo. I completely disagree with thtat idea and wanted to paint freely and a bit messy. A very close friend told me to paint the way you feel in the moment and to fully commit to that feeling.
How was working on this project for you?
The medium was something new and challenging, which for me equals fun. It was also special to do something with such an iconic brand.
Are you currently working on any other projects?
I am always working on collaborations with other brands, zines, paintings, and getting into pottery. I feel like if there is opportunity to learn something new I want to be a part of it.
How long have you been an artist for?
My dad and uncles are all artists and have really tried to allow me and my siblings to work on art since we were very young. I am just always trying to improve and stay motivated.
What's your favorite tattoo that you have & why?
I was able to get a few really great tattoos from my mentor before he passed, so those will always be special to me.
How were you keeping busy during quarantine?
During quarantine I was able to really focus on family, my wife and I had our first baby in June at home and that has been the bulk of my time, love and energy.