Part of our mission at Tattoo Artist Magazine is to bring attention to great artists but just as importantly is the desire to teach newer tattoo collectors how to FIND qualified professional tattooists to get their work from, and help them get away from the deluge of underground, unethical scratchers who are actually just putting people at risk.After seeing his work we asked Chad Dingler if he was interested in doing a short article with TAM! The first thing we realized was he’s a really good dude (!),which is vitally important these days. With so many tattooists in the world today, all competing for the same market, it’s simply no longer “good enough” just being a decent artist, one should also strive to be a good person.
– Enjoy Chad’s interview & his amazing portfolio, then use the links below to find Chad Dingler online & FOLLOW him! (btw: he’s on the road, right now, in the south and Florida region! If you’re in the area and need some good tattoos, reach out and set up an appointment! 😉
Q & A with Chad Dingler, aka ‘Papa Ding’:
Q: Hi Chad. Great work, man! I really enjoy seeing artists who can tattoo in a variety of styles and everything looks top-notch! The first thing I always want to know when learning about a tattooer, (and one of the most important things I think potential clients ought to know),is- how long have you been tattooing?
A: I have been tattooing 9yrs. The time has gone by fast.
Q: Where has tattoo taken you so far in you career?
A: I started my tattoo career in Bradenton, Florida. Since then I have worked in Atlanta, Nashville, Tampa, and soon back to Sarasota (which is right next to where I started in Bradenton). It has been a crazy adventure it seems, at times, but it’s all been worth it! I have also been lucky enough to meet a lot of cool artists along the way who have helped me grow as an artist.
Q: Yeah, that’s so key to our development, having good influencers in our life; people who have already traveled the path before us and can help ‘show the way’, if you know what I mean. “Mentors”, is what I call them. What sort of history do you have? Were you apprenticed? Did you work in a street shop environment?
A: Starting out 9 yrs ago, it was very hard to get someone to give you a shot. So I am pretty much self taught. I have had the pleasure of working with a lot of very talented artist, that I have picked up tips and tricks from along the way.
Yes, I would say most of my time has been spent in the street shop environment. Lots of drawing, and always on the go. I certainly like my bigger appointments though; it’s nice to have the time to put into larger designs.
Q: Your work is really well-rounded. I see black & grey and color work: illustrative designs, portraits, cartoons, lettering, even some old-school traditional types of work. What type of tattoos do you prefer doing?
A: I will tattoo whatever my clients ask me to do for them, of course; that’s our job as professional tattoo artists, and I’ve worked hard to get the skills in all types of tattooing, but my preference is certainly towards black & grey. I enjoy cartoon, realistic, and illustrative styles, particularly in black & grey. Many people think only portraits and photos can be rendered realistically, but cartoons, too, have a really cool look when tattooed this way.
Q: That’s a lot of precision work, anything in the ‘realism’ realm. Do you have any hobbies besides tattooing?
A: I have a wife and 3 kids which tend to be on my mind all the time, after them I am pretty obsessed with art. Mostly pencil drawings and sketch design. I seem to dabble in a lot of different mediums and styles of art but pretty much always come back to the almighty pencil.
Q: Yeah, there’s something fundamental about carbon on paper, right? haha. So you’re on the road right now and booking guest spots and appointments. Where can people find you if they want to get some work?
A: You can always check my social media pages to see where I am at or where I’m going. In the near future I plan on spending some time in Florida, starting with Sarasota.
Q: Gotta ask, Why did you get Papa Ding tattooed on your fingers?
A: It is a name that has stayed with me in tattooing and with friends alike. My dad is also called papa ding by many of his friends. We have kids and our last name is Dingler, so Papa Ding…
– Well, thanks for taking the time Chad, We look forward to seeing more great artwork from your direction!
You can find Chad on the interwebs here-