Las Vegas Tattoo Artist 

Tim Lees

Ever since I can remember, I’ve always loved art and the creative process of making something from nothing. I started out by drawing my G.I. Joe men and transformers when I was 3 years old. I would pose them in front of me and draw them out. This was the beginning of what turned out to be my career as a professional tattoo artist.

I grew up a poor kid in California who lived on a skateboard and loved to doodle. I got so good at skateboarding that I became a factory skater for a short time and was fortunate enough to travel doing demos and things until I ended up blowing out my knee. That accident ended my dream of becoming a professional skateboarder. I started listening to all my friends and loved ones and decided to put all my energy into art.  By 15, I got my first professional tattoo in an established shop and because I’d been over 6ft since I was 12, no one everasked for ID, they just tattooed me…

I decided then, to seek out a tattoo apprenticeship under someone who could teach me the sacred art of tattooing. This was in March of 1997 and back then, no one really wanted to teach you or bring you into their tattoo shop. After several months of continuous persistence, I finally got my shot. I quit a high-paying job as an electrostatic painter to pursue my passion. The tattoo artist I was apprenticing under taught me for about a week before he let me go. It turned out, he just wanted someone in the shop so he could go do other things. Thank God I had a real passion to learn and the fortitude to not overstep my limits during these humbling times. A few months later, I started seeking out some of the best tattoo shops in hopes of getting myself around some of the best tattoo artists so I could learn and grow my skills. I started traveling and taking jobs wherever I could to get around these tattoo artists and did so for about 5-6 years. I traveled all over the U.S., Hawaii, Mexico, Canada and all over Europe, workning in some of the top rated tattoo shops.

"Creating something that detailed and permanent excites me in a way I can’t even explain."

 

From the beginning I have always prided myself on continuous growth, constantly learning different tattoo styles and soaking up all of the industry history that I could. The first style I learned was surrealism and new school tattoos and then went on to learn traditional and neo-traditional tattoos. From there, I worked my way to learning how to do black and grey portraits, photo-realism and color-realism which is now one of my favorite styles to do, simply because of the challenge. Creating something that detailed and permanent excites me in a way I can’t explain. I truly love taking on large scale tattoos as well, such as full sleeves and backpieces. Whether it’s realism, surrealism, color, black and grey, new-school, traditional or neo-traditional, I have taken many years to be more than proficient in all of these styles of tattooing.

I was one of 18 people picked out of over 80,000 plus applicants to be on Ink Master, Season 5 Rivals that aired in September of 2014. I was also on one episode of Ink Master Redemption Season 1 where I was the first contestant to get redemption and then appeared again on the second episode of Ink Master Redemption Season 4. I was extremely humbled by the experience and am truly grateful for all of the love and support I received throughout the entire experience. 

Currently, I am accepting appointments and the occasional walk in tattoo at Inner Visions Tattoo in Las Vegas.  Consultations are FREE, so if you are interested in creating a custom tattoo please contact me, Thanks!

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