What's the best advice you received on Ink Master?
The best advice was to design tattoos that will hold up over time, to use more black in defining your tattoo so the tattoo looks good from three feet away.
Jesse Smith was the biggest competitor we all believed. I would definitely get a tattoo from him.
Tell me about your first tattoo.
Did you like the way you were portrayed on Ink Master?
I was portrayed pretty much how I am. I "say what I mean and mean what I say". I have a lot of fun with people but when it comes down to business time, I get very serious and focused.
What other projects or shops do you see in the future?
I plan on expanding my shop, maybe opening another. Definitely would like to do more television.
What hobbies besides tattooing would people be surprised to know you have?
I am an avid golfer. I was getting pretty good. I played in the Dupont world Amateur golf competition and finished in the top ten.
Is the skin the only canvas you work on?
No. I have airbrushed motorcycles, canvases, helmets and even people.
What inspired this career 17 years ago?
Not sure. I have always loved tattoos since I was little. I always wanted to be a tattoo artist.
Describe your ideal client.
Someone giving me free reign with great skin.
Your favorite horror film.
What challenge on the show did you feel was least relevant to your real work as a tattoo artist?
What are your plans to do with the $100,000?
Expand my shop. Travel more to conventions to tattoo all people who have supported me on the show.
What’s your favorite virtue?
If Steve Tefft’s days of tattooing were over, he’d go out with a bang and tattoo this:
Wow! Tough one. I think I would tattoo the most disturbing image I could create. Probably some type of dead baby eating it's mother.
Which tattoo on Ink Master are you the most proud of?
The 24 hour canvas . I love that piece. It represented my client and me perfectly. I believe we captured every thing Ink Master was trying to communicate to the viewers on how a tattoo is supposed to be done.
... And that's how he won!
Thank you Steven Tefft and congratulations!
To contact Steve, view his portfolio and catch up on his touring schedule, be sure to visit his 12 Tattoos website here.
In addition to working at his shop 12 Tattoos , Steve travels to various conventions to share his talent. He will be attending the Ink Life Tour. You can find details about this and other conventions by checking out the 2013 United States Tattoo Event Calendar. Be sure to bookmark for reference.
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