We had the good fortune of connecting with Milo Alfring and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Milo, why did you pursue a creative career?
Before I had ever considered creating art as a means of income to support myself I was already creating art with the free time that I had. Whether it was an official job or not I saw being an artist as something that I really desired. Because of this I think that by the time I was offered a position as a tattoo artist it just seemed to make sense, it seemed like a very smooth transition.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a tattoo artist who gravitates towards a neotraditional style. I try not to gather too much inspiration from other work when designing my own pieces, I would rather carve my own path. Of course my style and my tattoos are largely influenced by other things but I do my best to make each project unique, with my particular touch. I think that is what sets me apart from others, or at least what I really try and keep in mind, having an individual style. As an artist, I think that having your own unique individual style is in many ways the most important asset to have. It certainly doesn’t come easy and I think it’s something that is constantly being refined over time.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I would more than likely take them to the mountains. When I am not tattooing I try and spend most of my time outdoors. Growing up here in Colorado I certainly have some spots that I consider very special to me. These spots are what I find the most rewarding to share with others, whether it be through mountain biking, climbing, snowboarding or even hiking. Really, there are too many good spots to mention. All just within a few hours from Denver.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I am constantly inspired by books, coworkers, other artists, movies, family, friends, nature and really so many things. I feel as though I am constantly learning as an artist and I try to never get too comfortable. Two major things that contributed to where I am in my career today are my mentor Brad Kramer and RMCAD where I received my Bachelors in Fine Arts. Brad Kramer was the starting point for me on this path as a tattoo artist. RMCAD has had a huge influence on the way that I perceive and address so many things in my career.