Interview with Charles Spears

Charles Spears

Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path? 

I started as a tattoo apprentice then became an artist, I retired as an artist after 2 years I started a blog and promoting tattoo conventions all around the world along with product lines and anything tattooed related. Villain arts nytattooexpo to name a couple. Promoting the best tattoo artists and tattooed models around the world. I worked with Tiffany Tattooz Nikko Hurtado and Dave Navarro and other famous tattoo artists on shows like best ink, and ink master I was featured in skin deep mag along with pressure magazine. I helped tattooed models and artists get photoshoots and magazine features in inked magazine skin deep and I was personally featured in pressure magazine @lifebleedsink.

I helped artists and models get deals with clothing brands like inked Addict and product brands like afterinked tattoo conventions I’m affiliated with nytattooexpo villain arts tattoo conventions. Tattooed models

@officialvanyvivious @madzilla @ryanashleymalarkey

@inkmaster

@valerie.c_

@lolobe4

@meganabsten

@ray.mattos

@nikkohurtado

@bangbang

@beephillips_

And many other famous tattooed artists and models

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started doing this? 

I was conducting a model casting call at a tattoo shop for a tattoo clothing line. I put out a message on social media looking for models the lucky winners we pick will get a free tattoo. Over 1000 women showed up which was shocking to me and that landed me a deal with a tattooed clothing line and a tattoo healing cream product line.

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”? 

Don’t bite more than you can chew and get help from an assistant or ask your team to help you when you need it.

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story? 

I was looking to cover up all my bad tattoos. So, I narrowed it down to the top 5 cover-up artists in Nyc. They were all booked up with a 2-year waiting list. So, I ended up walking around the village and found a shop called village pop. I stopped in and told the receptionist that I want to do cover up work she pointed at gio and said he was the best Cover up artist. I spoke to him and set up an appointment. He covered up one of my tattoos and I was amazed. In that moment I thought anything was possible. After that I would see gio over 100 times for cover up work and we became great friends during this time and now he is one of my closest and craziest friends. He brought me on the road with him to do different conventions and made me his apprentice and that’s how I learned how to tattoo. After that I became an artist and started to get on the business side of the tattoo world. I started the blog I used to have and traveled the world and got deals with so many people and companies within the tattoo industry

How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world? 

I help high schoolers get uniforms and equipment for their team. I donate to charity. I help people artists tattoo artists and models get deals with businesses and startups free of charge. Any deal that I have I try to include an artist or model to help them along with their career. I also help Photographers get paid work with models and sometimes I get free photoshoots for models with new photographers who need to build their portfolio. Once they have enough experience or a big enough portfolio to push out, I promote them then I shop them to businesses and models who want to pay for the photo shoots.

Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life? 

(Fair exchange is no robbery) I brought a photographer with me to Dallas for my client to shoot her the most expensive jewelry pieces she had in her possession to sell. My client was paying me for bringing the photographer and helping her get content for social media we were supposed to split the money 50/50 I gave him the entire invoice because he deserved it and in exchange, he helped and impressed my client that I have until this day.

How can our readers follow you on social media? 

Lifebleedsink on Instagram and Twitter

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