Ernes Omeragic is a Bosnian war refugee who came to America in 2001 with his older sister, parents and grandma. They moved to Boise Idaho almost immediately and settled In; growing up here Boise became his new home. Not only does he love Boise, he also loves the people here and the tattoo culture that surrounds it. “I think its awesome people here are in love with tattoos as much as I am and stand behind their tattoo artists.”
Coming from more of a conservative home wasn’t easy to choose the path that he has now. His family and culture aren’t too familiar with the scene but he knew this was the only thing he wanted to do with his life after getting his first tattoo. “I drew all my life and tattooed my friends for fun before, but I never thought about tattooing professionally until my son was born and I thought deeply with what I wanted to do with my career. I wanted to teach my son that you can do whatever it is you want to do as long as you put your mind to it.” After talking to a few different shops, he found Chris Flaherty at Yeh It Hurts Tattoo who agreed to apprentice him on new year’s 2017. That’s where he met Paul Mcnabb who became his mentor as well as a good friend. Paul Mcnabbs opened up Mcnabbs Tattoo and Fine Art in June of 2017 and Ernes soon followed Paul, becoming his apprentice officially. There he had the opportunity to hone his skills even more, learning many different styles and techniques.
Although he is proficient in all styles he loves Neotraditional, Geometric and dot work tattoos. “Anything that I can create from my own mind I feel more proud of and will always try to give my clients a custom, clean tattoo. If I can do color I try to, but I also love black and grey as well.” Ernes has come a long way since he started tattooing out of his friends spare bedroom, to meeting Paul and Chris, to where he is now. “I’m grateful for that experience because I really did start at the bottom and worked my way up to where I am at now. But I’ll always remind myself of where I came from and never let myself get complacent. That is the worst thing that can happen to an artist or person in my opinion. Always strive to be the best, not just another artist. That takes preparation and a good work ethic.” That kind of mentality is what he strives to give his clients as well, giving his all in every piece and making sure that everyone he tattoos is happy with his work. He always stands behind it, giving touch ups as needed and making sure his after care is up to date and as clear as possible.