Welcome to our new series, “All About Tattooers: Fandom Tattoo Artist!” In this series we’ll be bringing you a short interview with various pop culture tattoo artists. That’s not to say the only work they do is considered “pop culture,” that’s just what we’ll be focusing on (we are a nerdy site after all!). Along with the general tattooing questions, we’ll also dive a bit deeper into one of the artist’s favorite pieces.
Brett Stuhler is the owner of Tattooine Body Art in New Jersey, and also travels with Geekster Ink Legends Tour to various comic cons around the country.
Nerds and Beyond: How long have you been tattooing?
Brett: About 10 years.
Nerds and Beyond: How would you describe your style?
Brett: Fun, bright, geeky tattoos.
Nerds and Beyond: What’s the easiest area to tattoo for you personally?
Brett: Any part of the arm or leg.
Nerds and Beyond: Do you prefer to work with color or stick to black and white?
Brett: I love both color and black and grey.
Nerds and Beyond: What are some pros and cons to each?
Brett: I like doing color pieces for geeky stuff because I can usually make cartoons pop with color. Black and grey are usually more serious for me. I’m able to use a lot of black to create the depth and contrast I need.
Nerds and Beyond: Do you enjoy first timers or veterans more?
Brett: I honestly love tattooing everyone. No real preference, but I do get happy making a first timer calm by chatting with them.
Nerds and Beyond: What’s been your longest session?
Brett: About 10 hours.
Nerds and Beyond: Was it long because of detail or size?
Nerds and Beyond: Is there a fandom in particular you do a lot of work for? For example Star Wars, Supernatural, etc.
Brett: I love doing Star Wars and 80s pop culture so much.
Nerds and Beyond: Where can someone find you and your work?
Brett: @BrettStuhlerTattoos on Instagram and Facebook. You can also find some work on @Tattooinebodyart on Instagram. I’m also with the Geeksterink Legends Tour, we’re all over the world, so keep an eye out for a city near you!
We asked Brett to provide a favorite piece and here’s what he had to say about it:
Nerds and Beyond: What about this piece makes it your favorite?
Brett: This was the cover of a comic I had since about 12. I have always been a fan of motu artwork; very Conan like but with crazy color.
Nerds and Beyond: How did you come up with the design?
Brett: This was a design I recreated from one of the best toy artists ever, I wanted to do him justice.
Nerds and Beyond: Can you tell us a little about your design process in general?
Brett: I live by 3 simple rules: Preparation- preparing the most solid stencil I can make,
Visualization- actually going through the tattoo in my head down to the tiny details, including what size needles and line weights I will be using, and Execution- making the vision in my head happen on the skin.
Nerds and Beyond: How does it vary piece to piece?
Brett: I pretty much keep my process for tattooing the same with every tattoo I do, whether it’s something geeky and fun, or an infinity knot. The client deserves that care.
Nerds and Beyond: How long did this particular piece take?
Brett: This one took me about 8 hours.
Stay tuned for many more parts to this series, and make sure you check out Brett’s work! If you’re in the New Jersey area or can drop in on a GeeksterInk Legends Tour stop, you won’t regret hitting this guy up.
Do you know of a tattoo artist that does incredible pop culture work? Send us a message with their social media/email and you just might see them featured in one of our upcoming posts!