We had to say goodbye to Anthony on Episode 5. He was totally sick all episode long, but he didn't get any mercy when he turned up with a subpar Japanese bird tattoo during the Ink Challenge. The judges put him in the Bottom 3 with May May and Danny, and they ultimately gave him the axe. He ain't bitter buuuttt...he's got some stuff to say about it, and he's got a lot more tattooing to do! Scroll down for the full exit interview!
What have you been up to since filming Best Ink?
Since filming the show, I have kept myself busy by doing some traveling, spending time with my family, and working on bettering myself and my art. I recently left the shop I was working at and now reside at Nomad Studios where I am much happier. I have a few conventions coming up namely the Philadelphia Tattoo Arts Convention and the Baltimore Tattoo Convention. After the show aired, my inbox began to fill up and I've been taking new clients and doing my best to keep up with all the inquiries! I am also planning on doing the Hell City convention with MayMay and entering many more competitions! Who knows, maybe I will enter another competition TV show! LOL.
Did you agree with the judges’ decision to keep May May and Danny, and to send you home?
I can't say I completely agree. The tattoo I did was not my best work, but I disagree with the judges' thoughts that it didn't matter that I was sick. I know that, had I not gotten sick I would have definitely gone on to many more episodes and perhaps even won. I am not bitter, and I won't complain that I got a raw deal nor do I feel any animosity towards May May or Danny, but I do feel that there should have been a bit more consideration for what I had to deal with. Being in the bottom three did not bother me as much as the lack of compassion and the fact that I had only been in the bottom three once before seemed to hold no sway on the judges and it was if they either didn't have all the facts, or simply did not care. Each piece I did was becoming better than the one before, yet that was completely over looked by the judges.
Describe the challenges of completing your Asian-themed tattoo.
The challenges I faced were definitely not typical. Aside from feeling horrible, I do wish I would have had more time to prepare the tattoo as that would have allowed me to put forth my full potential. I have done many Asian pieces in my career, and although it is not my favorite style to do, I know had I had the time needed to complete the task, I could have produced a much better piece.
If you could go back and do the tattoo differently, would you?
If I could go back, there are a lot of things I would change. I would have definitely been much more competitive and not quite as "laid back" as I appeared. It took some time to find my element, and by the time I did, it was too late. If I had another chance, I would absolutely take more time to prepare the design and done a piece that would have wowed the judges. I almost think it might have been better to just call it quits than to tattoo in the condition that I was in. In the end, it seems it doesn't always pay to persevere and overcome. Sometimes you work through something and the end result is worse than you anticipate.
What did you take away from your experience on Best Ink?
Doing the show was a huge eye opener! I learned a lot about myself and how to work better under an enormous amount of pressure. There were a few contestants who really pissed me off, but I also made a few life-long friends. I still talk to May May, Joe Matisa, and Danny. In fact many of us are doing the Philadelphia convention and plan on getting together and reminiscing about Best Ink days!
What’s in your tattooing future?
My future holds many great things. As people begin to recognize my name, it allows me to travel and pursue a much wider range of clients. I hope to secure more sponsors and do more competition at conventions. I plan on continuing to learn throughout my career and to tattoo as many amazing pieces on people as I can in my lifetime. I want to do more tattoos that make people say "WOW!" I won't lie and say I wouldn't like another crack at competing again, but all I can do it push on and live in the moment not in the past. I currently work at Nomad Studios in Shamokin Dam, PA. You can see my work on Instagram @anthonyzamora or at Facebook.com/inkbyanthony. My website is www.AnthonyZamora.com and the studio is www.nomadstudiostattoo.com!
Check out Anthony's video exit interview!