What's your name, where are you from and how'd you get into tattooing?
My names Mike Randazzo and I'm from Orlando, Florida. I got into tattooing when my mom took me with her to get hers done. After that day it took me 7 years to find an apprenticeship that I felt I could actually benefit from to grow as an artist. I found Fallen Sparrow Tattoos located in Kissimmee, Florida and apprenticed under Spooks Joya.
How long have you been making art?
I have been drawing my whole life since I was a kid. My mother actually has old embarrassing drawings she shows all her friends from time to time.
Who are your influences and mentors?
Dannii G, Derek Billingsley, Justin Hartman, Justin Harris, and Emily Rose Murray. My mentor is Spooks Joya, owner of the shop I currently tattoo out of Pride 'n' Envy.
If you weren't tattooing, what do you think you'd be doing as a career?
Honestly I don't know.. I can't really say I would be living a productive life and I hate to sound sappy but art and tattooing saved my life. I owe a lot to my mentor and the industry.
Any advice for future tattooers?
It's cliche to say but honestly don't give up on something you truly want or need. If this is something you really want to do and its not something that just looks coo,l then give it your all or the industry will kill you. And have fucking fun.... lol
Shout out to my shop's instagram @Pride_n_envy_tattoos and my mentor @Spooks_joya_tattoos. My boy @jpresleytattoos! Go check and follow them!