My name is Erik Payne. I apprenticed under Russel Myers at Electric Dragon Tattoo which at the time was the one and only shop in Boise Idaho from 1986-1988. After his incarceration I ran the shop by myself for several years. Upon his return, I departed. I have owned Inkvision Tattoo since 1990. In 1999 I took my one and only apprentice Travis Berg, a great drawer, solid tattooer, and tactical joker who twelve years later is still my right hand man, visual adviser and life coach. His dedication to his craft motivates me daily.
I came into tattooing and my apprenticeship like a lot guys my age from the local punk rock scene, doing fliers, record covers, painting jackets, and drawing tattoos for my friends. I was also influenced by my love of underground comics in general and Greg Irons, Jack Jaxon, Rand Holmes and Robert Williams specifically. I still remember the first Tattoo magazine I ever bought, with Bill Loika on the cover and an article on Greg Irons. I’m sure some of you know it.
Most of the tattoos we do at our shop are on the larger side, and we are fortunate to have a lot of return clientele who understand what makes a good tattoo. Tattooing is an unregulated industry where I live so from one shop in the eighties to over thirty in the phone book this year, we endeavor to persevere.
I get to do a lot of larger pieces both oriental and occidental, monochromatic and polychromatic, religious and sacrilegious. I get to work every day with three great tattooers; Travis Berg, Mike Wiensz, and Kendall Vader. I love my job.
These are tthe kinds of tattoos I like ...
If you want a tatoo like this, then you're the kind of person I like.
Kendall is a full time tattoo artist at Inkvision in Boise Idaho. He is also a mixed media artist loves drawing realism and sculpting. Check out his artwork at www.kendallvader.com