We had the good fortune of connecting with Adam Gibson and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Adam, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
I’ve been in this business nearly half of my life, I came up in tattooing right before Instagram and becoming a tattooer and content creator were one in the same. I think the most important thing to do is to trust in you and your brand, don’t waver from your vision and keep your focus on what you want to put out. It’s easy to emulate others and try to be someone you’re not, but I think the public can see your authenticity.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My style of art and tattooing takes traditional wild western approach with a bit of glam, toughness, and sexuality. I’m into a lot of subcultures and find that when I tattoo I get to blend aspects of each of my interests into my art. Im proud to be living and working here in LA, coming from small town background this is something I could’ve never dreamed of. I really want to make a space for myself here while staying true and humble. Coming into tattooing definitely wasn’t easy I feel like I got the tail end of truly tough and degrading work as an apprentice back in 2008. I don’t hold any grudges frankly it really made me appreciate the job and prove to those around me I was going to be successful. I want others to know that we are looking at a pretty amazing time in tattooing it’s no longer just one personality or background represented. I’m excited to see what all these young ambitious tattooers are going to show us and hopefully we can learn from each other and make tattooing more approachable and safe for all walks of life.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
We would spend a lot of time surfing at San O, riding old Harley’s up the PCH, walking around Echo Park where I live. To keep things easy I’d stay in echo park and take them to lowboy, bar flore, masa for some vegan deep dish pizza. I would make sure to take them to some of the amazing galleries or museums on the west side too.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I want to start by thanking my mentor Weston Keisel for introducing tattooing to me when I was 17 years old. The peers I had in Salt Lake City, now working at Mercy Tattoo. Every shop, guest spot, convention, pop up, or event I’ve done. Without the trust of my clients to let me do my thing I would never have the life I live now. I want to thank my three children for giving me something more important to work for. Lastly my biggest inspiration is my wife Kahli who I look up to not only for the day to day but for being a young success female business owner, she pushes me to try harder every day.

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Other: Agibsonappointments@gmail.com

Image Credits
John Ryan

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