In an industry known for attitude, illustrator Drew Huggins is challenging the status quo. His enthusiasm for new techniques and an impressive variety of original images keep this self-taught artist in high demand.
Neighborhood West End
Self-taught I was getting tattooed frequently and started drawing my own. I bought equipment online and began tattooing myself. It just turned into a business from there.
Where to find him Toki Tattoo, McDonough Boulevard
What sets him apart I only tattoo my original designs. Clients can pick from a catalog of my work. The industry in Atlanta is a pretty traditional scene dominated by older white men. Around the country, more private spaces are opening for people outside of the establishment group. This trend is more inclusive, and what I offer is less stressful and easier to access. As long as you’re being sanitary and sterile, this environment allows you to work how you want and experiment.
Uniform High-waisted, baggy black jeans, crop top, combat boots.
Anime muses Bulma from Dragon Ball Z, Inuyasha, and Botan from Yu Yu Hakusho
Shopping Rag-O-Rama for vintage and thrift finds. I also love going to Athens to shop. Atomic is a favorite.
Inspired by [Japanese illustrator] Hajime Sorayama, Alien and other sci-fi movies, futuristic styling
On the horizon Large-scale reproductions of my illustrations and embroidered fashion pieces
This article appears in our March 2020 issue.