Teneile Napoli

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Teneile Napoli of Garage Ink | Photo: Ryan Astamendi

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Shop Name: Garage Ink
Location: Queensland, Australia

When did you know that you wanted to be a tattoo artist?
Still not 100% sure. Mainly the fact I love everything about it, I get to create art on beautiful people everyday and work along side my best mates in the process could have something to do with it. I’m very lucky, and have gratitude every day to the man that pushed me to start this journey Shane Little.

Besides tattooing, what other mediums do you work in?
I love all media, but my next favorite would have to be drawing and photography.

Did you have any kind of mentoring early on?
From the age of 16, by my dear friend and teacher Shane Little. Later on by one of my best friends in the world Tony Oliver.

How would you describe your style of tattooing?
Ummmmmm Black and Grey realism, fantasy, freehand.

What artist have influenced you the most?
There are to many to mention but most certainly my family and friends at Garage Ink.

In an industry with so many artist, what do you think sets your work apart?
I’m not quite sure how to answer, but feed back from my peers and clients are what I truly appreciate; love and respect my fellow artists and clients. Treat others how you would like to be treated. Clients that experience the shop become a part of our world, and they get to feel the love and gratitude we have for them, for without them we would not be us. Be honest, caring, love whole heartedly and never give up on your dreams! Never worry about what other people are doing focus on those you love and yourself, and the world becomes a beautiful place of creation and light.

What advice would you give an aspiring artist that is just getting started?
It’s hard work, but if you are passionate it will not feel so. It consumes you and fuels your passion to create. Stay humble, be honest and the only person you should compete with is yourself. It will drive you to get better and learn every day, to move forward and share the experience with all walks of life.

Instagram: www.instagram.com/teneile_napoli
Facebook: www.facebook.com/garageinkmanor
Website: www.garageink.com.au