When did you start tattooing? I started in 1993. What was your first shop experience like? It was pretty grueling and hard-core! Long hours and very few days off, paying my dues to learn and gain my skills. I definitely got worked like a workhorse—and it got me to where I am today.
What year did you start tattooing? I started tattooing in 2008 at Sacred Art Tattoo in Tucson, Arizona. How did you get into tattooing? I went to prison for a while when I was young and started drawing to pass the time. Eventually me and my cellmate, and best homie to this day, learned to tattoo and started tattooing when we were 19.
How long ago did you start tattooing? I started tattooing in 2001, making a shift from graffiti to tattoos. It always caught my attention, the type of bond those two types of art shared. How would you describe your style of tattooing? When I started, Japanese caught my attention; there was a click.
What year did you start tattooing? I started tattooing in 2007. I was 19 at the time and eager to learn realism. How did you first get into tattooing? I first got into tattooing because I wanted a career in the art field. I wanted to continue my hobby at the time, which was realism art. As long as I can remember I’ve always been drawing.
When did you first get into tattooing? 1997. How did you get into tattooing? I started tattooing out of my dorm room with a mail order kit from Spaulding. A few months later, I landed an apprenticeship. What was your first shop experience like?
What year did you start tattooing? 2010. How did you get into tattooing? I got into tattooing around the time I left school. I was trying to find a job in art, though I never actually studied it at school. I knew a lot of guys in bands who were getting tattooed, so I had seen a lot of their tattoos fresh and started noticing this form of art as a career route.
What year did you start tattooing? I got my first equipment in 1984. I tattooed a lot of garbage in the '80s because I had no clue what I was doing. Occasionally someone will pop into the shop with something I did from the '80s—it’s funny, more often than not they won’t let me touch it.
What year did you start tattooing? I started tattooing at the age of 20. I completed a traditional three-year apprenticeship at Artistic Encounter under Billyjack. Your work is a mix of styles—you mix realism with traditional and neotraditional, all in one piece.
What year did you start tattooing? 2003. How would you describe your style? I’m heavily influenced by the Dutch/ Flemish tradition. I feel that implying much of the tattoo rather than directly stating it gives the viewer somewhat of a conversation that they can have when looking at a piece of work.
What made you want to get your first tattoo? Just wanted to carry things I liked and that were a part of me at all times. Do you still have your first tattoo? Yes, I still have my first one. What was it? My last name—Prieto— down my right tricep. When did you start collecting seriously?
What inspired you to open Timeline Gallery? Carlos Torres: Opening Timeline Gallery was a collaborative effort between Jed, Alan and myself. We wanted to create a place with an art gallery feel, as we all enjoy focusing on our art, whether that’s tattoos or paintings.
United Ink marks the name of several conventions throughout the year, but United Ink Summer Vibe Tattoo Festival is the show that helps ring in the end of the cold weather and the start of being able to show off some of your favorite ink that’s been hiding underneath those heavy winter jackets.
Blue crabs, Old Bay, and Natty Boh are just the beginning of all the great things Baltimore has to offer, and this year’s Baltimore Tattoo Arts Convention, presented by Villain Arts, was no exception. Ink Master Shane O’Neill and Best Ink winner London Reese were tattooing all weekend alongside fellow cover-up masters like Tim Pangburn and Freshly Inked cover artist Big Gus.
Hell City is always a great show packed with talented and well-known tattoo gods, like Stefano Alcantara, who has appeared on the cover of Freshly Inked. The show is organized by INKED Icon Durb Morrison, who is well respected in the tattoo community for his choice of artists at the Hell City shows.
The Louisville Villain Arts show this May was less than conservative, despite being on the fringes of the Bible Belt. The entertainment included a live human suspension show and a lady “kissing” a chainsaw. Freshly Inked has been touring with Troy Timpel’s legendary Villain Arts shows this year—and we have been loving them all.
Artists from near and far travelled to Frankfurt, Germany for the 22nd International Tattoo convention. This stop on the Rock Star Energy Inked Up World Tour featured tattooer Andy Engel, who has previously graced the pages of Freshly Inked with his amazing color realism.