Miami-based tattoo artist and photographer Mark Hetrick is no stranger to the world of tattoo art.
“I grew up with a lot of people who had tattoos.
They wanted them done right, they wanted them on a specific body part,” Hetricks told The Guardian.
“There’s a lot more pressure and a lot less creativity in terms of what you’re getting.”
Hetrikys tattoo business focuses on the physical aspects of tattooing.
“It’s really about the physical tattooing, and the actual ink that’s going on,” he said.
“The ink itself is all very naturalistic.
I’ll put some pigment in the ink and then paint it a certain way to make it a particular colour.”
Hets favourite tattoos involve an elephant, a lion, a bird, a sea creature and a horse.
“These are the animals that I’ve always wanted,” he told The Times.
“My family has a very large collection of animal tattoos and a whole lot of them have been for animals.”
Hetzricks tattoos can range from a dragon to a penguin, and he is known for his intricate designs that include snakes, tigers and birds.
But he said he didn’t want to get too graphic, or the images would look too fake.
“If it’s going to be a realistic animal that is going to look realistic, then that’s the point.
You want the animal to be as real as possible,” he explained.
“But I just don’t want the artist to be able to make a tattoo that’s too realistic.
I don’t care if the animal is real, if it’s not real, I don