Name: Michael C. Hoder
Age: 20
Hometown: Seattle, Washington
Sponsors: Sunday, Lotek, Mosh, Facad, Goods and Revolution Cycles

Describe the tattoos you have, specifically the ones you’ve given yourself.
These days it seems like I have been getting quite a few about once a week. I only gave myself one so far and that is a “came up” on my left forearm. I have “makeshift” all the way down my right forearm. I have a “Kool” tattoo on the back of my left arm, you know like the cigarettes cause that’s the only kind of cigs I smoke. I have the Seattle skyline on my left wrist. I have a portrait of my dad on my right shoulder and a portrait of my mom on my left shoulder. I have a cigarette on my leg, and last but not least, I have “Hoder” on my back with a big ass number 1 underneath it.

Makeshift, Came Up, and Seattle Skyline…  credit: Jeff Zielinski

What made you want to permanently mark yourself in the first place?
You have skin on your body for many reasons and one of them is for tattoos. I just have lots of unique ones.

When we got the interview questions back that said “portrait” of his dad, this isn’t what we had in mind.  credit: Jeff Zielinski

Were you into drawing and stuff as a kid?
I have been drawing my whole life. I love that shit. My mom’s an artist, so I think I get it from her.

We are fairly certain Hoder’s mom doesn’t look like a ginger bread woman, but ya never know…  credit: Jeff Zielinski

Do you own your own tattoo gun? Why’d you decide to get it and was it hard to learn how to use?
Yes, I own my own tattoo gun and the reason I got it was to learn how to start doing tats. And i got it for a great deal. And yes, it’s pretty hard to use, but I got it down now.

Now that is brand loyalty.  credit: Jeff Zielinski

How did you learn, what did you practice on, etc?
Well, I first did it on myself and that was the starter for me to learn and then I just started doing it on friends a lot. So far everyone is pretty happy with what I’ve done.

Besides yourself, who have you given tattoos to?
Davey Watson, this kid Snowman and Woof from the block, another kid Eob, and this other kid Drew.

This is one of three tats Hoder did for Davey Watson. And to think, this could be yours for the price of a couple movie tickets.  credit: Jeff Zielinski

Who would you like to give a ttattoo to?
Anyone that wants one. And anyone that has like 10 or 20 bucks to give me.

What will your next one be (on yourself)?
I am actually in the process of getting an entire jersey tattooed on my back.

The basketball jersey in progress.  credit: Jeff Zielinski

Any plans to make a career out of laying down the ink?
Maybe someday but for now its just for fun and practice.

How would you rate yourself as a tattoo artist?
A perfect 10.

Anything else you want to say about the subject?
If you want one, you know who to talk to—and I promise I wont fuck up. I’m good and I just keep getting better.