“I’m a tattoo artist because there’s not a better job in the world!”
Mike Cummings, the award-winning tattoo artist in Alpharetta, GA was recently written up in Prick Magazine highlighting his ability to create a tattoo of nearly any style by working closely with his clients and listening to their ideas, translating them into a work of art that looks great on their skin. When asked why he doesn’t have a specialty, Mike explained, “It’s always been my belief that a good tattoo artist ought to be able to tattoo anything the client wants.”
The idea might sound simple, but it’s a reflection of his customer-focus. While personally tattoo artists may have very distinct artistic styles, tattooing should be about how the artist can turn a client’s vision into a personalized tattoo. In some studios, artists have a tendency to want to do their art their way—the artists at Inksomnia will never project their ideas onto your skin, unless you ask them to.
Mike Cummings has always been an artist, beginning with pencil and charcoal sketches as early as elementary school. He continues to pursue art through his favorite medium, the human body. Take a look at his portfolio. Mike’s been slinging ink since 1996 and continues to hone his skills in all tattoo styles. The most challenging skill to perfect is as a portrait tattoo artist. Not only did Mike meet this challenge, but he has earned the reputation as one of Atlanta’s best portrait tattoo artists.
Before opening Inksomnia Tattoo Studio in Alpharetta, GA, Mike worked at several different Atlanta area tattoo parlors gaining experience. He quickly built a name for himself as a very talented artist. With a faithful clientele from all over Atlanta (even drawing clientele internationally), and with his own ideas of how a tattoo studio should be run, Mike opened Inksomnia Tattoo Studio in 2006.
Mike Cummings knows there are a variety of reasons for someone to get a tattoo. But the one thing that every one of his clients has in common is they want a quality tattoo, by a talented artist, in a clean professional atmosphere. Mike has made sure that is exactly what they’ll get at Inksomnia Tattoo Studio.
Mike also serves as a mentor to the tattoo artists in his shop. With his open door policy, the other artists in his shop often come in and watch him work, always learning, growing and honing their individual skills.
The comfortable atmosphere has a lot to do with how happy everyone is to come into work and how well everyone gets along, creating a welcoming environment for Inksomnia clients. Mike carefully selected his guys for their attitudes as well as for their talent, making sure each of his artists will treat their customers with the same respect and courtesy as he would.
In opening Inksomnia, Mike aimed to rise above any negative reputation about the cleanliness and poor attitude of people involved with tattooing, and to show the Atlanta area that tattooing is respected form of art that few can master as well as the guys in his shop.