JUST ADDED TO THE WEBSITE: BIG 10 QUESTIONS!
Mary Gardner asks Larry Brogan the Big 10 Questions, from July 2009.
By Mary Gardner
Touched by fate, Larry Brogan, a Chicago southsider, born November 27th,1969 shares his Sagittarian birthday with such legends as Jimi Hendrix and Bruce Lee. An artist since he could pick up a crayon, Larry has pushed himself to create exciting, artistic images, receiving academic honors after graduating from both the School of Airbrush Arts and art school in Joliet, Illinois.
“I can’t say I chose tattooing. Rather, it chose me,” reminisces Brogan. “I started tattooing part-time, when friends pushed me to tattoo them. I was still a diesel mechanic, working hard to pay the mortgage on my first house. It took me a while to realize that I could make a living as a tattoo artist.” Nineteen years later, Larry maintains a fresh, optimistic view of the industry. “The single most important change in the tattoo profession, as I see it,” says Brogan, “is the sheer quality of the artists. Twenty years ago, you could count the great tattoo artists on a couple of hands. Now you need a whole phone book to keep track of the greats, and there are tons of artists still coming at you who don’t put themselves on the Internet or allow themselves to be interviewed by tattoo magazines. After four or five years of tattooing, these young men and women with their amazing artistic abilities are at the top of the A List. It is truly a tattoo renaissance, and I feel extremely fortunate to be a part of it.”
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