AUGUST BLOG- TRAVIS BROWN
Our summer is now coming to a close and it is August! This month we want to highlight a brilliant and talented artist, Travis Brown. Travis is a co-owner of Tight Lines Tattoo Collective in West Palm Beach, FL. He lives a pretty low key life spending his time like any normal Floridian, fishing! He is also your dedicated family man, enjoying most of his free time with family and friends. Travis will occasionally guest spot at his friends’ shops but mostly likes to travel and live his laid back lifestyle. Travis specializes in Neo-Traditional and Neo-Japanese tattoos. Make sure to check out his work, we love it and know you will too!
Check out what Travis had to say about being part of the Maverick family below:
WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT MAVERICK?
They’re a small and personable company. They take the extra time to make you feel valued as a customer, and write thank you notes. The quality of their products is amazing and always consistent.
Be sure to check him out!
Website: tattoosbytravisbrown.com (linked below)
Studio: Tight Lines Tattoo Collective
Want to learn more about Travis? KEEP READING-
WITH HAVING TO PROMOTE YOURSELF ON SOCIAL MEDIA, HOW DO YOU MAINTAIN A POSITIVE MINDSET?
Social media is bittersweet. I just want to create art and have fun, but social media makes it so competitive and it can be draining. As much as social media helps to connect people, showcase work to clients, and find inspiration, it tends to drain people and can be so fake. I keep positive by not being glued to my phone, I focus on the things that matter most to me.
WHO IS THE MOST UNIQUE TATTOOER YOU HAVE EVER MET?
My buddy Kevin Hock @hocknessmonster, he’s a baby tattooer but he’s the most ridiculously funny person I’ve ever met. If you ever meet him, he leaves a mark, you’ll never forget him and he is one of the most genuinely kind people.
DO YOU HAVE A MOMENT THAT CHANGED YOUR LIFE? DO YOU MIND SHARING?
I got arrested when I was younger, it made me hit rock bottom and forced me to grow up. I got into tattooing shortly after, and my whole life changed from there.
IF YOU WERE TO WIN BEST TATTOOER IN THE WORLD WHO WOULD YOU THANK AND WHY?
If I could even get close to winning best tattooer in the world, I’d have to thank my wife for holding it down and supporting me with all the time and energy I’d need to be dedicating to becoming the best.
I’d thank my parents for always encouraging me to create art and draw.
I’d thank all my early clients for trusting me from the get go.
WHAT ARE SOME FUNNY TATTOO MOMENTS YOU HAVE?
A long time ago I worked at a convention in Atlanta, and the fire alarm got set off in the hotel. The event was a total shit show, and anyone that was there knows exactly what I’m talking about. The convention was canceled, then relocated, then hosted in the original hotel it was scheduled for. So we designed up a little Georgia Peach tattoo to commemorate the goofy trip, and about 40 of us artists ended up getting it.
IF YOU WERE TO CHOOSE A BAND TO BEST DESCRIBE YOUR ARTWORK, WHICH BAND WOULD YOU CHOOSE AND WHY?
That’s a good question.
Thrice, starting out a little all over the place and just gotten more refined and better with time. I used to tattoo everything, but really found my sense of style when working with NeoTraditional.
TOP 3 ARTISTS YOU ADMIRE. CAN YOU GIVE US A BRIEF DESCRIPTION?
That’s a tough one, I could go on and on. There’s so many amazing artists out there that are just all around good people.
Bobby Johnson @glendalebully
His work is super unique and he’s just an all around awesome person.
Parry Chotipradit @parrychotipradit
I’ve learned a lot by working with Parry, and he’s such a creative and kind dude.
Brian Povak @brian.povak
Our styles are completely different, but Brian has always been an awesome friend and supportive
Pat Patterson @tattoosbypat
We work so well together, we’ve been working together through my whole career. He’s always been my biggest push when it comes to tattooing.
Harlan Kantner @harlankantner
We come up with the coolest collaborations and he is as funny as it gets.
Chris Primm @primm_
His work has been an inspiration to me since I found out about him a few years ago.
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 on my 18th birthday, a week after 9/11. I wanted to get something to commemorate that time frame, so I ended up picking a flash piece of a crying eyeball.
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE GROUPINGS TO USE FOR YOUR TATTOOS?
17 curve mag. Loose 11 RL. Loose 9 RL. Tight 5s and Tight 3s.
MAVERICK'S GOAL IS TO HELP OTHERS WHERE WE CAN. AS PART OF OUR 'GIVE BACK' PROGRAM, $1 FOR EVERY CARTRIDGE BOX SOLD GOES TOWARDS THIS PROGRAM WITH A CAP OF 1K MONTHLY. WE TRY TO TARGET FOOD, ART, AND MUSIC (FAM) BASED NONPROFITS OR THINGS RELATED TO THE TATTOO COMMUNITY AND ARTISTS (LIKE SPECIFIC GOFUNDME PAGES FOR ARTISTS). IS THERE A SPECIFIC ORGANIZATION THAT YOU ARE INTERESTED IN? FOR YOUR SPOTLIGHT MONTH WE ARE GOING TO DONATE MONEY FOR AN ORGANIZATION OF YOUR CHOICE. PLEASE PROVIDE THE WEBSITE TO MAKE SURE WE GET THE CORRECT ORGANIZATION. WHAT MAKES YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT THIS ORGANIZATION?
I picked the turtle rescue because I love wildlife, spent a lot of time there as a kid and want to see the rescue stay around for generations to come! https://marinelife.org/
SECRET HIDDEN TALENT? WHAT IS IT?
I can make really long, drawn out fart noises with my armpit.
WHAT IS YOUR KRYPTONITE?
ANY PERSON THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO TRADE PLACES WITH FOR THE DAY? Adam Sandler, he’s the man!
WHAT BOOK OR MOVIE WOULD YOU SAY EVERYONE SHOULD READ OR WATCH? WHY WOULD YOU RECOMMEND THAT SPECIFIC ONE?
Jurassic Park. And for anyone that hasn’t watched it…that’s why!!! It took 65 million years to make!
WHICH STATE ARE YOU LOCATED? WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT WHERE YOU LIVE AND WHY?
Florida, the sunshine state!
WHAT IS SOMETHING WEIRD YOU DO BEFORE BEDTIME?
Apply my nose strip.
WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IS THE BEST WAY TO DEAL WITH STRESS?