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    Maverick Family Spotlight Artist

    Maverick Family Spotlight Artist

    EVIN PFAFF

    Happy June Maverick fam!

    This month we are stoked to introduce Evin Pfaff, our June Spotlight from the small town of Bedford, PA. With a hidden talent for using both hands to tattoo (even if the left isn't perfect😉), Evin's work is always evolving and full of gorgeous surprises. Living in a small town might mean limited food options and no Uber, but she loves how chill it is & the nature that Bedford offers- you can see this through her art pulling inspo from the scenery in her small town. With hair that is literally GOALS, Evin's work is as gorgeous as she is! If you don't believe me, check out her work below! ⬇️

    Evin Pfaff STATS:

    • IG: @evin.p.tattoos
    • Style: NeoTrad & Illustrative color
    • Eyes: To die for 
    • Hair:  Better than yours 

    What do you love about Maverick?

    So many things! Of course the quality of the product is amazing. Their cartridges are the best I’ve ever used by far and the people that run the company are wonderful. You can tell they really care. I love the notes and tiny surprises they add to their orders.

    What are your favorite groupings to use for tattoos? 

    I use a tight 3, loose 5 and loose 9 to line almost every tattoo. For color packing I use a curved 17 mag.

    The Penguin is the maverick founder's spirit animal. What's your spirit animal? & Why?

    My spirit animal would have to be a platypus. They are weird little things, but look like they know how to have a good time.

    Can you describe your first tattoo experience? How old were you? What was it of and who was the artist?

    I got my first tattoo when I was 15. Not recommended. It was the start of a large piece that has since been removed. Ironically it said “regret nothing”. The man that gave me the tattoo ended up mentoring me.

    Top 3 artists your admire? Can you give us a brief description? 

    Steve Moore. His color palettes are mind blowing. The way he packs all of the colors so solid on such a large scale is incredibly impressive. Jeff Gogue. He was one of the first tattoo artists that I started following when I was teenager. I love the way he goes about his designing process. All of his work flows with the body so nicely. Simeon Nelson. His work is so FUN. The boldness of his portraits with the thick lines and color choices makes my eyes happy.

    What are some funny tattoo moments you have? 

    Oh gosh, I have heard hundreds of funny stories from clients. Most of them, I’ve promised to keep secret forever though, so I cannot answer this question

    If you were to choose a band to best describe your artwork, which band would you choose and why? 

    Hmmm I guess Glass Animals. Only because the word “animals” is in the name, and I tattoo a lot of them.

    If you were to win best tattooer in the world lol, who would you thank and why? 

    My dad, he was a big reason I got into tattooing. Everyone that has gotten tattooed by me & of course, Maverick Supply.

    Secret hidden talent? What is it? 

    I can tattoo with both hands. If I use my left one, it comes out horribly, but I can still do it

    What is your kryptonite? 

    New school. For me that’s the hardest style to draw. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to make the head of something 3x bigger and keep it looking pretty.

    Any person that you would like to trade places with for a day? 

    The only correct answer is Nic Cage

    What book or movie would you say everyone should read or watch? Why would you recommend that specific one? 

    Not a huge book person, but my IMDb app is full of movie ratings from me. I like anything that makes me think & is a little bit creepy so my favorite genre is psychological thrillers. Nocturnal animals is definitely in my top three.. but I love a ton of stuff David Fincher has worked on. Too difficult to choose one.

    Which state do you live in? What do you love most about where you live and why? 

    I live in a small town in Pennsylvania. Even though there aren’t many food options and Uber doesn’t exist here I’ve learned to love it. It’s affordable, quiet, and there are lots of woods you can wander into.

    What is something weird you do before bedtime? 

    Sometimes I watch those ASMR videos. Brain tingles. IYKYK

    What would you say is the best way to deal with stress? 

    Take life one day at a time and get out in nature. Going for a little hike helps clear the noggin.

    Do you have a moment that changed your life? Do you mind sharing?

    Probably just meeting people that think differently than me and working on changing my mindset. I wouldn’t say I have one moment that drastically changed my life. It’s been more of a slow burn

    Who is the most unique tattooer you've ever met? 

    Hmmm maybe Flipshades. I met him briefly a few years ago and they just seemed like such a nice person. His style is super cool and I love his work.

    With having to promote yourself on social media, how do you maintain a positive mindset? 

    I went through a few years of really trying to build up my social media following. While I do think it really helped my career, it was exhausting. I think as long as you have enough work that’s all that really matters and in the grand scheme of things likes and comments shouldn’t be anyone’s main focus in life.

     

     

     

     

     

    Maverick Family Spotlight Artist

    Maverick Family Spotlight Artist

    STEVE ROBERTS

    Hey there beautiful humans! Get ready to meet our MAY spotlight artist! Meet Steve- a dedicated husband and proud father of 2 coming from sunny Central Florida! With an IMPRESSIVE 19 years of tattooing under his belt, Steve has become pretty popular in the Orlando tattoo scene!

    Back in 2015, he teamed up with his buddy EARL FUNK ( you might know the name considering he is also a Maverick Family Artist 😉) & they opened up The East! Steve's tattoo style is super unique- LIKE SERIOUSLY! Just peep👀 the photos below if you don't believe me. ⬇️

    Steve Roberts STATS:

    • IG: @stevetattoos
    • Style:✨UNIQUE✨ (somewhere between New School & Neo Traditional)
    • Shop: The East in Downtown Orlando
    • Build: Look at those arms 💪🏼
    • Eyes: Mezmerizing
    • Hair: Looks great in a hat! 
    What do you love about Maverick?
    The nice people and the handwritten notes.  The little mints are nice too.
    What are your favorite groupings /or Maverick supplies you use while tattooing?
    I like the liners. Uncomplicated groupings and sharp sturdy needles. 
    The penguin is the Maverick Founders spirit animal. What is your spirit animal & why? 
    Larry David is my spirit animal.
    Can you describe your first tattoo experience? How old were you? What was it? Who was the artist? 
    My first tattoo was a band logo when I was 18. It was done by Chris Babin in DeLand Florida. I nervously asked about an apprenticeship before I left. I did not find my mentor that day though. 
    Top 3 artists you admire? Can you give a brief description?
    Walt Disney
    Alphonse Mucha
    Stanley Kubrick
    What are some funny tattoo moments you have?
    I tattooed a clown once.
    If you were to choose a band to best describe your artwork, which band would you choose and why?
    Hoobastank 
    If you were to win 'best tattooer in the world'? Who would you thank and why? 
    The uninformed
    Secret hidden talent? What is it? 
    I make really good pancakes.
    What is your kryptonite?
    Tiny Tattoos
     
    Any person or animal that you would like to trade places with for a day? 
    Maybe a giraffe in the zoo. They seem alright with the arrangement and don't have much to worry about. 
    What book or movie would you say everyone should read or watch? Why would you recommend that specific one? 
    Roadhouse. The book, not the movie. 
    Which state are you located in? What do you like most about where you live & why? 
    Florida. We have gators, which are basically dinosaurs, and it doesn't get much cooler than dinosaurs. I also like that all my stuff is here. 
    What is something weird you do before bedtime? 
    I like to listen to Shakira when I brush my teeth. 
    What can you say is the best way to deal with stress that the busy tattoo life can bring on? 
    Something physically demanding, bonus if it's mentally challenging too. I like Jiu Jitsu. 
    Do you have a moment that changed your life? Do you mind sharing?
    The time I was struck by lightning. 
    Who is the most unique client you have ever met? 
    Ronald McDonald.
    Does the constant pressure and challenge of promoting yourself on social media exhaust you or is it second nature? 
    I don't like it. 

    Maverick Artist Spotlight

    Maverick Artist Spotlight

    This month we're switching things up a little bit. You might recognize these designs below if you have purchased any of our Eco-Friendly products.

    Well, this month we want to introduce the designer behind these graphics, @cmpt_rules. He was awesome enough to give us some insight on his life!

    Make sure to check it out below!

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    - How did you get into graphic design?
    I was born in Batuan village – Bali, where this village is known as the home of all kinds of art- from dance & traditional painting to sculpture & carving. I know art from my family – my uncle is a ceramic painter and my father is a wood carver.

    I majored in multimedia at a vocational high school and became really interested in graphic design. After graduating in 2015, I worked at a printing company in Bali as a graphic designer, and it was in 2018 that I decided to resign to become a freelancer as an Illustrator / graphic designer.
     
    - What is your inspiration for your designs? 
    I'm very interested in vintage 70s design and ephemera style. I have a collection of 70's art books that my uncle gave me, including Hawaiian, ephemera books, and wildlife books. Most of my inspiration comes from 70s hotel labels, patches and posters and I combine them with my style. I call it modern vintage style.
     
    - What's the best advice you can give to a fellow artist about communication and collaboration with other brands?
    I myself started collaborating in 2023 with several brands after 5 years as an illustrator. It turns out that collaboration is more fun than just selling designs. So start collaborating with any brand that you think can present your design well in a product. 
    - What's your favorite part about creating designs for brands? 
    When brainstorming and turning these ideas into designs that attract attention. And the plus point is that the product/design has received a good response from the public.
    - What are your top 3 favorite artists and brands out there right now? 
    I'm a fan of several illustrators. So here I can only mention 3 options, so I chose Alana Louise, Young Jerks, Neighborhood Studio.
     
    - What are some tips and tricks you have to deal with stress? 
    If I'm stuck/stressed, I usually go out on my vintage Vespa and hang out with my friends while drinking a few cans of beer.

     

    Maverick Family Spotlight Artist

    Maverick Family Spotlight Artist

    CRAIG ST PETER

    Hey Maverick community! Strange question for ya'll (I know weird because I'm not from the south), but have you ever had a ton of vienna sausages hangin from your ceiling? Well if the answer is YES then you probably should be best friends with our spotlight artist for this beautiful month of April.  

    Meet Craig St Peter! All the way from Kansas City, Missouri, Craig specializes in illustrative blackwork. His work is seriously. gorgeous... and have you seen him?! He has better locks than me! 💇🏻‍♀️ 

    ***Calling out PAUL MITCHELL-- you guys should be sponsoring this dude!***

    Craig St Peter STATS:

    • IG: @deadcrown_
    • Style: Illustrative Blackwork
    • Shop: DK Eclectic in Kansas, MO
    • Height / Weight: Tall enough and fit enough
    • Eyes: Twinkling
    • Hair: Lucious Locks!

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    Craig is also a movie star! If you haven't seen him in his biggest role yet, check him out staring in Maverick's very own commercial-  HERE!

    Keep reading to learn more about Craig and his crazy antics of tattooing!

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    Tell us a little bit about yourself. Where can people find you? Social media @'s?

    Hey! I’m Craig. I’m a tattooer out of Kansas City, Missouri specializing in illustrative blackwork. Locally, you can find me at DK Eclectic with @thisismyempire and @dankubin. You can find my work on Instagram under the handle @deadcrown_

    What do you love about Maverick?

    Their pledge for Eco-Friendly products! Their team is constantly hyping us up and the customer service is top notch! (we love ya craig!)

    What are your favorite groupings & or Maverick supplies you use while tattooing?

    Obviously it's the tight 03 and 05rl!

    The penguin is the Maverick founder's spirit animal!  What's your spirit animal and why?

    My spirit animal is probably a lion. Mostly because I'm a Leo. *hairflip* 


    Can you describe your first tattoo experience? How old were you? What was it of? Who was the artist? 

    My first tattoo was a grueling 8 hourish session with my soon to be mentor Tommy. We tattooed my chest for awhile, then I had to leave for classes in college. We came back later that night to finish up and I think I heard color and smelled sounds. 10/10 don’t recommend a long, broken up single day session on the chest for your first go.

     Top 3 artists you admire? Can you give us a brief description? 

    @self123 Simeon Nelson - he’s a color tattoo pink demon and he loves hugs. I love his work and he’s inspired me for years. Thankful to call him a friend.

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    @deadmeat Nick is another huge inspiration. His big bold compositions and clean saturated tones are top notch. Plus, he’s a super nice dude. Sometimes I question if he’s a real person.

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    @grindesign - Rob was a huge huge reason for me leaping into dots way back when. Our styles are worlds apart but I’ll always give him a nod. I can’t imagine you’re unfamiliar with his work but if so, check him out. He’s a stellar blackwork tattooer. 

    What are some funny tattoo moments you have?

    That’s a tough one to answer. From tattooing crazy stuff on people, to weird convention antics, where do I start? Ah I’ve got one. One time, I think I was out of the shop for a guest spot while working at @alchemisttattoo in Bismarck, ND. When I came back to my room, someone had hung like 15 cans of Vienna wieners from my ceiling. If I remember right, they stayed hung up for a decently long time until one day someone made me worry about one falling off and hitting a client or myself 😂

    If you were to choose a band to describe your artwork, which band would you choose and why? 

    I’d wanna say Kublai Khan but I don’t think my tattoos are that heavy. Maybe The Ghost Inside? They can get a little wild but also can pull at your heart strings. I’d like to think my work is kind of like that. Some can get real wild and dark, but others are fairly pretty and soft.

    If you were to win BEST TATTOOER IN THE WORLD, lol, who would you thank and why?

    I’d thank God. I'd thank Oprah and Dr Phil. Next would be James, the old local tattoo supply bus driver. I’d probably close with a small song and dance number which I’d be horribly off beat and out of key on. As I tripped off stage, I’d let out a little toot. Those who know me, know it to be true.

    Secret hidden talent? What is it?

    I can make myself burp on command. I have extreme hitchhiker thumbs so you WILL lose in thumb wrestling. That’s probably about it.

    What is your kryptonite?

    Color tattoos.

    Any person or animal that you would like to trade places with for a day?

    Gordan Ramsay.

    What book or movie would you recommend everyone read or watch? Why would you recommend that specific one? 

    The Sandlot, because no better film has ever been made? It's my childhood wrapped up tightly in a shitty VHS case. 

    Which state are you located? What do you love most about where you live and why? 

    Missouri! Boy, I love the nature, the people, the food, the sports, everything. Kcmo is home. Go chiefs! Depending when this drops y'all may or may not be able to talk shit on this comment.  (Edit: Y'all can't talk shit! lol)

    What is something weird you do before bedtime? 

    Drink coffee.

    What would you say is the best way to deal with stress that the busy tattoo life can bring on? 

    Internalize. Shut down. Isolate.

    No lol. I've found inspiration in other areas. Playing guitar again. Exercising. Those things. Gets my mind off of the day to day stresses and lets me relax.

    Who is the most unique client you've ever met? 

    I’ve had a 72 year old woman come on to me, I’ve had a paraplegic fella show me how to twerk, I’ve had non verbal clients. You name it, I’ve probably seen it. I love tattooing for that.

    Do the constant pressure and challenge of promoting yourself on social media exhaust you or is it second nature? 

    A little bit of both. I used to get really caught up in social media. Following a schedule. Making sure I was hash tagging and responding. Now I just kind of share when and what I want to share. Time is spent better with my family and not on my phone. Love y'all!

    GIVE BACK PROGRAM X Justin Shimrock

    GIVE BACK PROGRAM X Justin Shimrock

    JUSTIN SHIMROCK 

     

    🐧 It's March! Time to bloom 💐 some love to our amazing Maverick community!🧡

    For the month of March, our spotlight artist Justin Shimrock has chosen to have his donation go towards Hope vs Cancer. This organization promotes hope through art- check out some of the donor artists HERE.

     

    Thanks to all of YOU we were able to donate our monthly cap of $1,000 to..

    HOPE VS CANCER

     

    Hope vs Cancer Foundation serves as a crucial voice in raising awareness about childhood cancer. Recognizing the emotional toll cancer takes on children, this organization focuses on uplifting their spirits during treatment.

    Hope vs Cancer uplifts the spirits of children battling cancer through the power of art. Artists contribute their creations, which are then transformed into temporary tattoos, providing a source of joy and comfort for children facing difficult times.

    If YOU would like to submit your art work to this organization, check out the submission requirements HERE.