Mike (AKA Big Mike Hill)
Tattooing Experience: 35 years
Piercing Experience: 22 years
Specializes in: Photo/Hyper-Realism, loves tattoo anything
different than the normal
Traveling: Does around 25+ conventions a year
Sponsors and Pro Team: Helios, Saniderm, Holy Water by Saint Marq
I have always loved art since I was very young. Art class was the best time of the day when the art teacher rolled her cart into your home room I knew the excitement was about to begin. In middle school I took as many class related to art or being creative I possibly could, but it wasn't enough I would doodle on my notebooks on my binders or in my text books. As high school came the classes got more in depth. I guess my favorite part was when we could free draw or when I was taken out of our classroom setting to go draw structures.
Fast forward to when I was 15. Much like a lot of young people, I was introduced to the ink world through parties and dumb friends. My 1st exposure was the needle and thread style; I got a pick and poke tattoo on the inside of my foot arch of my girl friends initials. That was a wrap from party dots to skulls and crudely scrawled names on my forearm the bug had bit me and I had the itch.
Fast forward again to 18-21. Lets just say I learned how to better my skills with a homemade machine. The itch kept growing. Back then I found it hard to even talk to people within this society. The people were secretive and the equipment was very expensive.
Then in 1996 my grandmother who had watched me excel using home made equipment got me started in my own shop with the right equipment and I grew from there! So I opened my very 1st tattoo studio and I had no idea how to run a business. All I knew was that I wanted to tattoo people, maybe make a little money, and see where it took me. The only sad part is that I got so far away from drawing that tattoo flash was my main source of tattoo work. It wasn't until the last 5 years of tattooing that I got back into the art of it.
Present day: I am the proud owner of the very popular brand known as Flesh to Fantasy Tattoo Emporium. I own 2 stores; one in Bellefontaine, Ohio. The other in Monroe, Ohio.
Mike can be contacted at Flesh to Fantasy Tattoo Emporium on Facebook.
All appointments can be made by calling the shop, or through our consultation form here!
Tattoos by Big Mike Hill