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Published on Nov 9, 2010
Brandon Bond -- It's All Or Nothing TATTOO Magazine Issue #223 March 2008 Pages 68-74
Brandon Bond is a very busy guy. Between numerous conventions, he tattoos in his two studios in Atlanta, Georgia, and is booked about a year in advance. He also owns a publishing company, makes books and videos, designs clothing, and has a multitude of other creative projects in progress.
As far back as Brandon can remember, he has loved and wanted tattoos. "I was fascinatedby the whole process, the lifestyle, the artwork,the application, and it looked like a fun way to make a living; it turned out to be a lot more than I had hoped for...it's amazing, and it has become who I am."
He apprenticed 15 years ago at Tattoo Zoo in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, under Jim Wolfe (Brandon says he'll be forever grateful to Jim and his family "for changing my path forever.") These days Brandon's clients tend to be very serious collectors, who often fly in from out of town just to get tattooed. Brandon's studio provides shuttle service from Atlanta's international airport, as well as hotel reservation booking, transportation to and from hotels to the studio, and then back to the airport.
Brandon says his work is generally based in realism, but is not realism at all. "I have been working to push the realism/expressive illustrative aspects of my composition for some years now, I tend to creat imagery from a photo, and embellish and change the actual feel, layout, and mood of the orginal imagery into something entirely different. Most of my clients let me do whatever I want on them, within reason. So, I keep a stockpile of images, drawings, and conceptualized ideas that are ready to go, and when a client arrives at the studio, we go through the piles of imagery to see what best suits the body part."