Byron Winkelman of Gilbert's Black Lotus Tattooers on His Aversion to Portraits and Winning First Place at the Arizona Tattoo Expo
Courtesy of Byron Winkelman As the owner and a tattooer at Black Lotus Tattooers, Winkelman has to balance owning a business with creating his art.
Some artists tattoo for the money. Others do it to make a name for themselves. For Byron Winkelman of Black Lotus Tattooers in Gilbert, tattooing isn't about the money or the acknowledgments, it's about a love of all things artistic.
"It's hard to make money as an artist. The starving artist is a real thing," Winkelman says. "If I had all the money in the world, I'd tattoo people and paint for free. I don't really like the business side of it."