We had the good fortune of connecting with Tyler McCall and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tyler, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
Art has always been something that has been an outlet for me even at a young age. I moved a lot as a kid so art was always an escape. After high school, I went to Rocky Mountain College Of Art + Design where I graduated with a sculpture degree in ceramics. After college I took a few detours with my career before landed as a tattoo artist. Those detours were pivotal for me in realizing that a career in the art world was where I needed to be.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Tattooing can be really hard when it comes to the technical side of things. Not only applying the tattoo but also designing takes a different level of technique and thought. I think that’s one thing that sets me apart from other tattoo artists. I am constantly pushing for perfection. Wether it’s with my line work or my design, I want things to be as perfect as humanly possible. Now there will always be a human element to what we do but Iv always been drawn to the idea of perfection through self discipline and muscle memory. There has been many many times that I wanted to throw my machines out the window because I couldn’t achieve the cleanliness that I wanted with my tattoos. But it was something I wanted so bad, so I kept pushing. I tried all kinds of different equipment, needle brands, tattoo machines, glides, different colored stencil paper, paper towels, etc. In order to achieve exactly what I was looking for.
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.
Stowaway kitchen for breakfast Mountain drive Idaho springs and eat Beau Jo’s pizza Check out Crush Walls in RINO Nice long hike at the Flat Irons Camping and paddle boarding is always fun And at night find an outdoor patio for a few drinks
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Massive shoutout to Aries Rhysing and the All Sacred family for helping me start my career. Also want to thank Tegu Tattoo and Mantra Tattoo (where I am currently) for not only providing amazing spaces to grow as an artist but also for always supporting me in and outside of my career. Love you guys.