What year did you start tattooing? I began trying to do tattoos in 2009. But I would say it wasn’t until 2011 that I was able to do tattoos for a living. What was your first shop experience like? I would consider my third shop the first real shop, Tattoo Morvedre Museum.
What year did you start tattooing? Pretty sure it was 2006? My memory has failed me. How did you get into tattooing? I got hired as a receptionist at the tattoo shop I would get work from. When it wasn’t busy I would draw for fun. The owner of the shop came to me one day and asked me if I wanted to learn to paint so I had something to do in my downtime.
How did you get into tattooing? I’m self-taught and I started tattooing in 2011. I had a friend, who was tattooing at the time, see one of my paintings I was doing for art school and suggest I try tattooing. So I did. I played around at home for a year or so tattooing my friends and pretty much anyone who would let me tattoo them.
How did you get into tattooing? I got my first tattoo when I was 17 and it pretty much instantly changed the way I thought about drawing. I spent just about all of my time drawing. I was certain that I wanted to do something art related but didn’t know what until I went to college and studied illustration.
Carlos Rojas first caught our attention with a mind-blowing photo realistic Breaking Bad sleeve, and he has yet to let us down since. The California based tattooer is one of the many talented artists working out of Nikko Hurtado’s shop Black Anchor Collective.
What year did you start tattooing? 2010 How did you get into tattooing? Art class was probably the only class I went to in high school. It was the only thing that really kept my interest. I was getting tattooed pretty regularly coming out of high school, and having never thought I could make a living selling art, I figured I would just start a career in the trades.
What was your first shop experience like? I will always be grateful to my first shop, Crossroads Tattoos, for giving me my shot. It was a very tough apprenticeship, but it was so helpful to my career. Sixty hours a week with no pay was hard. Being looked down upon all the time was hard.
What year did you start tattooing? ‘10. How did you get into tattooing? I was repeatedly offered an apprenticeship over the course of 12 months at the local tattoo shop in my hometown of Kilmore, K-Town, then curiosity got the best of me and I accepted the offer.
How did you get into tattooing? It was a moment of clarity for me; my parents took me to get my first tattoo for my fifteenth birthday. After I had picked out the design I wanted (that’s right, it was flash) I sat down in the chair and it was like a lightning strike to the brain for me.
What year did you start tattooing? This March was my third year anniversary of doing my very first tattoo. In comparison to some of our industry giants, this is still the very beginning for me. I started at 24, later than most, but I'm happy that everything happened the way that it did.
How did you get into tattooing? As a teenager I was really interested in the art form itself. I’ve been drawing since I was a little kid, and once I learned about tattoos, I would draw up designs for my friends and myself. In my twenties I came across the opportunity to begin an apprenticeship in a local shop, so I went for it.
What year did you start tattooing? Being self-taught I do not consider the first year I touched tattoo machines as the first year I started tattooing. I can say I really became a tattoo artist in 2008 when I left France behind for London. What was your first shop experience like?
This year’s Best in the Midwest Tattoo convention stood up to its name. Organized by Ink Master Shane O’Neill, the event brought a number of renowned artists from across the globe under one roof. Known for having high caliber artists, this convention was the place to be to get inked.
The Musink Festival is all about music, vintage cars and tattoos. This year Travis Barker held the 8th annual event in Costa Mesa, CA, featuring bands like Bad Religion, Blink-182, Yelawolf, and Rancid. The awesome lineup had fans moshing for three nights straight.
The 2nd annual Evergreen Tattoo Invitational proved to be even bigger and better than last year! With over 100 world-class artists in attendance there was no shortage of talent. The expo was jam-packed with live music, seminars and even a beer garden to round out the three-day event.
United Ink switched the game up with their first annual “No Limits” Tattoo Festival. The event was held at Resorts World Casino in NYC and this was no place for children, as it served an 18+ crowd. There was no shortage of star power as the emcee was none other than Joey Tattoo of Tattoo Rescue who had the crowd in tears the whole weekend, and Big Gus and Jazmin from Tattoo Nightmares were also in attendance.