Miley Cyrus’ biggest Buffalo fan gets epic ‘Wrecking Ball’ tattoo - INTERVIEW
blog by Kathryn Przybyla • October 03, 2013 @ 9:52am
You won’t believe this one.
Scott Howard, a tattoo artist at The Living Canvas Tattoo Studio on Genesee St., didn’t think his latest artwork was going to be that big of a deal. Sure, it was ridiculous but that didn’t prepare him from the huge media support from all over.
Here is a look at the finished products from Howard’s Instagram:
People have been going pretty crazy over it’s ridiculous design and his artwork has even caught the attention of a number of national entertainment and media outlets.
Perez Hilton, who frequently comments on any Miley Cyrus antics, was quick to share the photo on his Hollywood gossip blog saying, “We hope that poor kid is happy with his new ink! Because not even a wrecking ball is going to take that tat off of him! YOLO!”
Buzzfeed called it the “Miley Cyrus tattoo that will horrify you” and even included a GIF of Beyonce shaking her finger at the whole situation. “In case you were wondering what a Miley Cyrus VMAs/”Wrecking Ball” tattoo would look like, it’s real and someone got one,” the story said as they zoomed in on the crying wrecking ball.
Heck, the tattoo is even featured on the Tosh.0 blog.
We had a chance to chat with Howard about the tattoo. Check out what he had to say below:
How did whole thing come about? Can you tell us what the client said when you guys talked about the tattoo?
Scott Howard: Well that’s the best part. It was my idea. I have a tendency lately to draw really absurd tattoo ideas with intentions of it really going nowhere. I post them to Facebook in hopes it brings maybe a laugh and people actually want to get them done. I don’t charge very much for them because I know its not something that will bring a smile to everyone’s face.
What were your first thoughts when you agreed upon this Miley design?
SH: I actually love the style, I mostly do photo-realism and portrait work but as of late I’ve grown into doing a lot of the “new school” style. Definitely something I want to do more of.
Have you ever created something similar to this before?
SH: I have believe it or not. I’ve actually done Steve Erwin being impaled by a sting ray and Honey Boo Boo and her mother snorting cocaine. True masterpieces really. [laughs]
Wow, those sound ridiculous. Were there any other “Miley-inspired” designs considered?
SH: There were not, I would have liked to incorporate the hammer somehow though. [laughs]
Can you tell us anything about the person who got the tattoo?
SH: I did this on a kid I went to high school with. He came to me for another tattoo before this one too which came out awesome!
What are your thoughts to being covered by a ton of big media outlets like Buzzfeed and E! Entertainment?
SH: I honestly didn’t expect it to blow up like it did. I sent the picture to The Ellen Degeneres Show but they never got back to me. [laughs] Being on those to media outlets though is a great honor and I appreciate them showcasing my work like they did. Much thanks to them.
Are you happy with your work?
SH: I am. I believe I’ve come a long way for only tattooing a year and a half. I’ve noticed more people asking for my work and that to me is the greatest feeling ever.
Where exactly is the tattoo located on the client?
SH: This tattoo is on the side of his right calf. I recommended that spot. It’s a nice flat surface, easy to tattoo and very easy to cover.
Is there any significance to the crying wrecking ball?
SH: There is! [laughs] I actually did it at first for comedic reasoning but it also just symbolizes how I see the celebrity now. I remember when she was doing stuff like “The Climb” and she was looked up to by millions. Now when I see her it’s just upsetting and I saw a huge decline in self respect and just not caring how she is depicted as a woman.
The wrecking ball could also be represented as how society is turning out as. The subject matter is what is “in” nowadays and that’s just sad to think about.
What other kind of tattoos do you specialize in?
SH: I absolutely love doing new school work but I do have a passion for portraits. It works out great because there’s not a lot of artists in Buffalo that do either of those styles of work so it feels good to be out here representing them.
Where can people get in touch with you about getting their own tattoo?
Photos courtesy of Scott Howard.