Over the years I have run into numerous talented artists from different styles, backgrounds, and many different parts of the world. I've been in the business since 1995. It's something I sincerely love and believe in; I live and breathe tattooing.
What year did you start tattooing? I began my apprenticeship in 2006 and started tattooing full-time in 2007; prior to this I did a little bit of "home work." How did you get into tattooing? I have always drawn from a young age. I was the kid who was drawing instead of running around playing sports.
What year did you start tattooing? I first started tattooing in 2002, professionally in a shop since 2007. How did you get into tattooing? Growing up I was really into the skateboard punk rock scene, and many of the guys I looked up to were heavily tattooed.
What year did you start tattooing? I started tattooing professionally in October of 2004 at a shop called Modern Ink in Inglewood, CA. How did you get into tattooing? My friends wanted tattoos and introduced me to tattoo magazines, which very quickly fascinated me.
What year did you start tattooing? I started tattooing around '98; I was living in Japan at the time. How did you get into tattooing? When I got my first tattoo, I started talking to a tattooist and he asked me if I wanted to buy some equipment; he said that he was going to give me the basic guidance.
What year did you start tattooing? 2005. How did you get into tattooing? I began working as a shop helper at a local studio after quitting a job that I hated. After working there for a while I began to assist the owner with security and setting up his two conventions along with the shop duties.
What year did you start tattooing? 2010. How did you get into tattooing? I have always had a keen interest in tattoos. I remember going with my parents as a kid to watch them get tattooed, probably at around the age of 6. I then start working at Self Sacrifice when I was 18.
What year did you start tattooing? I did my first tattoo around the summer of 2006. I redid some tribal eagle wings on a friend of mine's back. For that first year, though, I pretty much tattooed part-time and eased my way into doing it every day.
What year did you start tattooing? 1995. How did you get into tattooing? I was getting tattooed by Jun Matsui in 1994 and was very interested in becoming a tattooer. I decided to teach myself and began the next year. Where did you apprentice? I am selftaught, but I was an apprentice of Horiyoshi III for one year.
What year did you start tattooing? 2007ish. How did you get into tattooing? Getting into tattooing was a bit rough for me. I was living in Fort Lauderdale, FL, at the time and would take my drawings into tattoo shops in the area. After a few months of being laughed at and ridiculed, I was getting tattooed at a convention by Dave Cavalcante, who was working at Inksmith and Rogers at the time; I told him I was looking for an apprenticeship and he gave me the "you and everyone else," which was, rightfully so, the exact answer I needed.
What year did you start tattooing? I started tattooing around 16. I grew up always drawing, which really helped me transition into tattooing. How did you get into tattooing? I spent the first year or so running around L.A. tattooing by trial and error and doing what I could to gain a basic understanding.
What year did you start tattooing? I started tattooing in 1999. How did you get into tattooing? I always liked creating artwork and had been drawing since I was young. After graduating high school, I was at a loss in what career path to pursue.
What year did you start tattooing? This is always a tough question to answer. I did my first tattoo when I was 11 years old—1990—and tattooed a few of my classmates when I was 13. All with a hand-poke device I made from a technical drawing pen I found in my dad's drawer.
The 18th Annual Motor City Tattoo Expo made quite a statement this year by having the biggest turnout ever in the convention's history. This year it went above and beyond its past efforts, in addition to—as ever—hosting some amazing artists and seminars.
If you want three full days of live punk music and nonstop tattooing, then Musink is the place for you. With performances by Bad Religion, Pennywise, and Reverend Horton Heat cranking up the volume on one end of the OC Fairgrounds and artists like Steve Soto, Bob Tyrrell, and Oliver Peck buzzing out some incredible art in the event center, the 6th Annual Musink Tattoo Convention & Music Festival was an epic smash this year.
Vatican Studios custom tattoo studio and art gallery held its official grand opening by bringing together over 100 artists from across the world and from many different mediums to create the exhibit Stations of the Cross. Each artist was asked to design a custom hand-painted wooden cross to be displayed and then put up for auction to benefit City of Hope Children's Foundation.
Freshly Inked helped artist Mark DeMaio launch his new solo gallery show, I Walk The Line, at Sacred Gallery NYC. Guests of the opening of DeMaio's inaugural solo exhibition at Sacred got inked up with free flash that was created to commemorate the event.