POPLARVILLE - A Pearl River Community College student is combining his love of art with a promising career as a tattoo artist.
The art of Derez Peters of Columbia is currently featured in Ink Pushers Magazine, which describes itself as an up-and-coming publication based in Seattle, Wash.
Peters has been a licensed tattoo artist for two years and is manager of the Clan of the Red Claw Tattoos in Hattiesburg.
“I plan to major in fine arts, but it’s kind of at my own pace,” he said.
Peters has completed one year at PRCC and is taking more art courses.
“I’ve had two other students who have worked professionally as tattoo artists,” said art instructor Charleen Null. “Tattoos require the same kind of artistic ability as a painting or drawing.”
Peters explains in the magazine that he particularly enjoys black-and-gray realism and specializes in portrait tattoos. He has been drawing since age 6 and has always known he wanted a career in art.
“If I get my degree, I’d like to do a little teaching,” he said.
Peters can be followed on Facebook and Instagram by searching his name.
Derez Peters of Columbia holds Ink Pushers Magazine which features his tattoo artistry on two pages. Peters is an art student at Pearl River Community College.
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