Billy Foulkrod was introduced to tattooing at an early age. His father, Snake, was a biker and heavily tattooed. Naturally, Billy was fascinated with them. Snake’s tattoos inspired him to draw and pursue his interest in art. Both Billy and his childhood friend, Mike Hill, wanted to be tattoo artists from a young age. By the age of 13 Billy got his first tattoo and by the time he was out of high school he had a few.
Sadly, March 11th 2005, Snake passed away. The loss of his father turned Billy’s world upside down. He had to take a break from the shop and focus on his mental health. He kept in close contact with Paul and Mike and they discussed opening a new studio with Mike’s uncle. Billy agreed to start over with a formal apprenticeship with Paul as his mentor when they found a studio. In December 2005 the guys found a storefront and started making their dreams come true. By March 18th 2006, Deep Six Tattoo had its grand opening and Billy apprenticed for more than 3-years. In 2009 he became a full-time tattoo artist.
Billy will always love Deep Six because it’s a custom studio that he was part of since inception. He was part of the team that physically built and created the concept of the shop. He’s also spent a good part of his professional career with the artists at Deep Six and because of them he has grown immensely as an artist.
The people he currently works with heavily influence him. Also, the people he has worked with in the past as they have all helped him along the way and played an important role in shaping Billy as an artist. These folks include: Paul Acker, Tom Taylor, Mike Hill, Craig Gardyan, Justin Harris, Sheena, Shlak, Dan Henk, Megan Massacre, Jason Maybruck, Tim Pangburn, Pastor, and Eddie Kes.
Other artistic influences include: Dave Tevenal, Timmy B, Tanane Whitfield, Josh Payne, Bryan Merck, Kelly Doty, Josh Woods, and Mary McEwen. He loves the way that these people use color and the unique styles of their artwork.
“Get something unique. Put some thought into it and I don’t mean shopping for tattoos on Pinterest! Ha ha ha!”
Billy’s advice for a tattoo artist whose just getting started:
“Like anywhere in life, you will come across humble artists that are very willing to help you and other artists that want you to fail. It is up to you to take whatever constructive criticism you can, positive or negative, and use it to the best of your ability and prevail as an artist.”
Billy also loves and enjoys spending time with his wife Natalie, whose been by his side through everything. They have two dogs, Bilynn and Ash. On Sunday nights you can find him running a pool team and he’s also a professional wrestling and 1980’s fanatic.