April 14th, 2011- Typecast Inc. Tattoo & Piercings, based out of Champaign Illinois on the campus of UIUC, opened their doors to the public. Justin Fults and wife, Paige, couldn’t have been more exited to finally claim a shop as their own. “I always thought it would be cool to own a tattoo shop, even before I started tattooing,” says Fults.
Years before he started in the industry, Justin had felt a connection to the tattoo world. “I got my lip pierced when I was 18 and fell in love with everything about the tattoo shop. A few years later, I received a chance to run the front desk and manage a shop and finally I landed an apprenticeship and have never looked back.” He did most of his start up time at Alter Ego and bounced to No Regrets as an artists a few years later.
Justin strives to please each one of his clients to the best of his ability, taking their vision and making it into a reality but when he is allowed creative control, he finds himself leaning more in the realm of neo-traditional. “I like to use smoother, softer shading and attempt no harsh black lines. I use more than the traditional five color block and like to shift in colors such as purple and teal.”
Where do you find your inspiration Justin? “These days, a lot of my inspiration comes from different tattoo artists such as Derek Nobel, Rachi Brains, Jeremy Miller (InkAddict Sponsored), Josh Woods, and Steve Martin. I like to explore their work and try to learn how they did it. I’m like a sponge, I see something that catches my eye and try to find as much out about it as possible.” So what is your favorite thing about tattooing? “The best part about tattooing is probably the fact that it is never monotonous.”
InkAddict is excited to feature Justin in this week’s artist spot. He’s down-to-earth and easy to talk to with an obvious passion about his work and the business. InkAddict wishes him and his wife nothing but the best and we are excited to see his continued growth and success as an artist and through his shop in 2012! Be sure to check out all of InkAddict’s tatto inspired shirts and other alternative clothing.