This blog post is about tattoo artists and how they display their pieces on their sites. I’ve researched artists from Milwaukee, Illinois, and a MIAD grad that went into a tattooing career shortly after graduating.
The first tattoo artist’s website I researched was Adam Werther. He got his BFA at MIAD with a major in sculpture and minor in drawing. Upon scrolling through the home page, it consisted of photos of sculptural designs, drawings, and tattoos. It also displayed a video showing a behind-the-scenes tour of his studio, pictures of his work with location and contact information at the bottom. I found it rather simple; I thought there would be more written context about the artist or a bio (this info was nowhere to be found). Shortly after this, I Googled him and found out a lot more about Adam through other websites that talk about tattoo artists. I even found an article written about him published back in 2015 from OnMilwaukee.com. I felt like his website could have been updated by connecting other websites’ information into his own site. His work I think was displayed very well showing video and photos side by side in a simple ways. I clicked on one of the pictures of the tattoos and it took me straight to his Instagram page. I think it was very smart to have his site and instagram linked. I would be very curious to interview him and find out more context about life after MIAD.
The second tattoo artist website I researched was Jose Perez Jr., who is a very well known artist who was self taught in his craft. Jose owns and works out of Dark Water Studio in Willow Springs, IL, a southwest suburb of Chicago. Going through his website, I was very impressed to see the level of content displayed. It included a home page, about me, booking, portfolio, videos, seminars, webinars, news, blog, merch, and FAQ. By far, Jose’s website has more context than Adam’s site, both written and visually. I don’t have my site yet, but I feel like I could draw a lot of inspiration from Jose’s site. I think it really informs his viewer and audience without being too overwhelming.
The third tattoo artist’s website I researched was Nina Gorman. This one’s just for fun because I wanted to review her and her shop. She got her BFA at MIAD with a major in drawing. Upon looking for her own website, I didn’t have much luck. However, I did find some information about her on her shop page. I’m sad to say that it is just about the same as Adam’s site- it didn’t give much context about the artist.