I have recently 'tattooed' my whole arm with sea-themed sticker tattoos and it brought me '90s nostalgia and, honestly, made my day. Covering your arms and other body parts with temporary sticker tattoos was the most badass thing you could do as a child to impress others. Real stickers found in gum worked like a charm, too. What if those sticker masterpieces were permanent? The sticker tattoo trend is taking the ink world by storm and Luke Cormier, known as mr.sticker.tattoo, is a master at it. With bright colors, good shading, and a bit of white, his 3D tattoos look like real stickers that make you want to peel them off.
Luke Cormier told Bored Panda he wasn't planning to tattoo and wanted to be a piercer instead. However, it turned out great as Cormier now has 102k followers on Instagram and is going viral on TikTok with millions of views:
“I’m not too sure, to be honest, how the tattoo appeared in my life, everyone just had tattoos where I grew up, it was a pretty normal thing and then I fell into tattooing by accident. I wanted to be a piercer but ended up tattooing. Everyone always said my tattoos looked like stickers so it just made sense to add the white and do actual sticker tattoos,” the artist shared his story.
Luke told us how he got into tattooing: "I got into tattoos by accident, I was just hanging out in this small town and the local shop was looking for an apprentice so I applied and got an apprenticeship."
The artist also shared how he got the idea to do the sticker tattoos: "It just kind of happened, everyone always said my tattoos looked like stickers so I just decided to try a white border and it worked."
Luke told us more about the process and main themes of his tattoos: "The design process is time-consuming, I put in about 2-3 hours or longer designing most of them. I have been doing them for about 3 years now and I won't stop until people are no longer interested in getting them. I mostly do pop culture, cartoon tattoos. It’s kind of its own style, realism meets new school, maybe?"
Here's a tip from Luke for those who want to be tattoo artists themselves: "Give it your all or don’t do it, tattooing needs to be 100%. I know a lot of people say it but only a small percentage actually live to tattoo."
Luke shared some info about himself: "I do a good bit of conventions every year so when I’m not on the road, I’m pretty chill. I mostly work, watch movies and hang out with my girlfriend and our 2 dogs. I play a bit of guitar and drums. I love cars and most things with an engine.
The journey to get here was long and hard, haha. I worked many odd jobs, sold drugs, begged for money, couch surfed, but when I fell into tattooing, that was it, I put all my energy into it. It was hard—I didn’t make much money tattooing until recently, but I didn’t care, I loved it so much. I still love it!"
He also tells us more about his tattoos: "Not sure how many tattoos I have, I don’t regret any really, they all have stories. The only story that stands out would be my neck tattoo, haha. I was 17 or 18 and had $60. I hitchhiked a town over to get tattooed but the guy couldn’t get me in until the morning so I slept in some bushes on cardboard until I could get the tattoo."