Interview With Tattoo Artist Ryan Incardone
Mr.Inkwells tattoo artist, Ryan Incardone, recently did an interview with San Diego Voyager Magazine. In the interview he talks about art, being a tattoo artist, and more.
Here is the interview for you to check out ....
Ryan, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
Born and raised in Southern California, I am a self-taught artist who was inspired by art at a young age. I would always draw in the margins of my school notes, and would have friends ask me to draw or write stuff on them with markers. I was constantly drawing. I soon realized it was something I love doing, art.
I have experience in air brushing, canvas painting, photography and cinematography, graphic design, and most recently, the art of tattooing. Getting my first tattoo at 17, I remember asking the artist an endless amount of questions because I was so blown away about how it worked. I did a lot of research on my own, and luckily, had some very cool tattoo artist doing my tattoos. I would get tattooed as often as possible, picking their brains about what they were doing and why.
When I tattooed on skin for the first time, I was hooked. I knew it was something I wanted to peruse. I enjoy tattooing black and grey realism, but I do most styles as well. I think every artist has a unique signature to their tattoos in some way and that shows with all of the different, amazing work that is out there. Most recently I started tattooing at Mr. Inkwells tattoo shop in Los Alamitos, working with 10 plus year vets, I’m honored to be learning from them. It’s a great environment where we can work and push each other in positive ways. Tattooing is a very challenging and enthralling art form in my opinion. There’re always new products, new machines, new inks. It’s always evolving, that’s what makes the industry so exciting to me.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
If you can imagine it, it can be designed for you. I like to bring ideas to life. Take a few key elements, and tie it into a full piece. I love tattooing black and grey realism. Something about the black and grey shading gets me but I enjoy color pieces as well. My artwork is a manifestation of my imagination. I want to translate ideas into art.
Have things improved for artists? What should cities do to empower artists?
I think as artists we have a lot of new tools at our disposal that weren’t available until recently. Boundaries are being pushed and art is still evolving. It can be challenging to keep up, but the challenge is fun in my opinion. Cities can encourage artists by hosting conventions, festivals, and doing artist promotions.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
You can check out my work at https://www.mrinkwells.com/ryan-incardone/
Instagram @ryan.inky and @inkys.art
I also have some photography work at
Support by following my work and come get tattooed at Mr. Inkwells tattoo shop in Los Alamitos!