Cyle has a fantastic reputation; customers feel safe in his hands that 75% percent of them don’t even know what they will have done until they walk in to start their session, preferring instead for Cyle to create his masterpiece for them. Cyle, who flashes an unmissable smile, explains: “A lot of my clients say, ‘do what you want, and sometimes will say what they like and don’t like. “I have an idea in my head, and a lot of it is freehand. I will draw on my clients with my own and marker. The minute you start to concentrate on how it sits on the body that’s when it turns from a tattoo into a real piece of art”. “The best thing is when you finish a tattoo, and they look in the mirror and say, ‘wow’ some of my celebrity clients and I. That’s an inside joke.”
There is no exaggeration to say that Cyle’s tattooing skills have been life-changing for lots of his customers. He has tattooed over scars, including those caused by self-harming, mastectomies, and even dog bites. Cyle, who had his first tattoo when he was 16 years old and has been addicted to getting them ever since, “Tattooing was something I had wanted to do. I remember seeing a tattoo show back in the early 90s. When I turned 16, I begged my mom for my first ink. “Looking back at my life, being a tattoo artist had always screamed at me before from when I used to draw pictures on my arms in middle school. Drawing has always been my outlet.
When Cyle picked up his first tattoo machine, he started practicing on fruit and then himself before finding willing friends to experiment on. He was briefly trained by ‘paul natel’ at black heart tattoo- the most extended established tattoo studio in Maryland before moving on to a studio in Clearwater, FL, to become a full-time tattooist. He says: “The second I picked up a tattoo machine, it felt natural m; it was what I was meant to do. I had spent so many years watching other people tattoo that it felt like I knew how to do it.” Describing his work, Cyle says: “I try and make imaginative and creative artwork that stands out and makes you go, ‘wow .’I am very well-known for my Horror and solid black shade work, which has ornate backgrounds. I also like to fuse work to create new stuff.”
Before the coronavirus pandemic, 70 percent of Cyle’s customers came from abroad to be tattooed by him, mainly from Europe, Canada, and across the U.S. Suddenly, flights to the U.K. had stopped, and tattoo conventions had halted. Cyle admits: “Covid completely changed my whole life. Our shop Dr. Igors Creations had been closed for eight months out of the year in N.Y.
Cyle and his wife started a family, in 2019 right before they officially opened Dr. Igors Creations Tattoo. It briefly opened its doors for two months but had to close again due to covid restrictions and later gradually reopened offering just private appointments. In 2022 Cyle is moving the shop due to the building having issues with its roof. “From covid to how this and our landlord won’t fix anything. The roof leaks, the floor is rotting out because of it. I asked him to fix it many times. So I withheld rent, and he raised the rent” Cyle and his wife are now moving locations to a bigger and better spot. They are entirely Re-Branding. The new shop
PINHEAD TATTOO & PIERCING at 151 East Ave, Lockport, N.Y. is set to open around the 1st of February.
Company Name: PinHead Tattoo & Puercing
Contact Person: Cyle Hoffman
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State: New York
Country: United States