Check out Sullen TV’s Tattoo Topic as Bernadette Macias asks some of the top tattoo artists in the industry about what annoys them most while tattooing clients!
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Abey Alvarez – Born in East Los Angeles and raised in Pomona, California. Abey works for Lowrider Tattoo, and he would not have it any other way. Abey specializes in Black and Grey (Realism).
Big Sleeps: Sleep has been tattooing since the late ’80’s. Sleeps maintains a humble, speaking to local Los Angeles at-risk youth and working with Second Chance, a company which works with Homeboy Industries to give rehabilitated former prisoners employment opportunities.
Big Meas: All of the years of writing graffiti has definitely impacted Big Meas’ fascination with drawing letters. Big Meas currently works at Distinction Tattoo in Dayton, OH.
Carl Grace began tattooing in 1998 with a tattoo apprenticeship under Boston John at Skin Grafix in Arcadia, California. Since 2009, Carl has attended over 100 tattoo conventions as an artist and has been a featured guest artist in many tattoo shops around the country.
Gunnar was born in New Britain, Connecticut in 1974 and grew up in the “Constitution State beginning his professional tattoo career in 1997. When he is not on the road, Gunnar makes his home at High Street Tattoo in Columbus.
Jack Rudy is an American tattoo artist notable for his reinvention of the ‘Black and Gray’ style of tattooing, realistic portraits, and single-needle use. He is considered to be one of the top tattoo artists in the world. He is the owner of Tattooland, an ‘old school’ street shop, located in Anaheim, California.
Jess Yen: With over 16 years of tattooing experience, Jess Yen is the fearless leader and creator of My Tattoo Family. His specialties are Oriental body suit and realistic portraits in both color and black & gray. He is known as a master of New School Oriental art style.
Traveling the globe, Jime Litwalk has gained worldwide recognition for his unique animated style of tattooing. Currently working in Orlando, FL at Hart & Huntington Tattoo Co. & Steadfast Brand.
Joe Capobianco: For over 20 years Joe has utilized various techniques and mediums in order to create some of the most fascinating pinup style pieces, resembling those of the late 1950s with an added modern flair. Known as the “Capo Gal”, Joe opened Hope Gallery in New Haven, CT in 2003 and is also the head judge on the hit TV show – BEST INK.
Joey Germanario is hoping to revitalize the image of the tattoo industry with a new show on Spike TV called “Tattoo Rescue.” Germanario, known as Joey Tattoo, said, “There’s nothing more rewarding than putting your artwork on someone that they’ll wear for the rest of their lives.”
Josh Duffy: I was born an artist. I wouldn’t be doing what I do without the two biggest inspirations in my life, Family (and friends), and HEAVY METAL!
Josh Woods: Opened Black 13 Tattoo Parlor in Nashville, TN with his business partner Doy Gardner. Him and Doy are constantly working hard day in and day out to push the boundaries of tattooing on every level.
Liz Cook: Artist and tattooer based out of Dallas, TX co-owner of Rebel Muse Tattoo Studio. Specializing in Realism, Portraits, Horror, Pin Ups.
Mario Rosena: Co-owner of Art Junkies and creator of Stencil Stuff. Mario has been tattooing for the past 10 + years.
Megan Jean Morris, the owner of Painted Souls Tattoo, is a tattoo artist and a painter. She specializes in portraits, realism, and surrealism in black and grey or color.
Mike DeMasi: Tattoo Artist at Art Junkies Tattoo Studio. Nicknamed Yoda, awarded by some of Mike DeMasi’s closest friends.
Rember Orellana: Born in Guatemala. My style involves a lot of realism, but I like to incorporate different abstract elements to my work, mainly gothic architecture. I am based out of Dallas, Texas at Rebel Muse Tattoo Studio.
Ryan Mullins has only been tattooing since 2010 and he has already inspired and motivated Tattooer’s and Painters from around the globe. His hard work and dedication to his art is definitely reflected in the amazing drawings and paintings that he produces.
TattooIsh Specializes in realism, either color or Black and Grey. Most of his work is custom, freehand and involves a lot of preparation by the Collectors part and by ISH, as he calls it a “Collaboration by the Individuals involved”
Timmy B has been tattooing for almost 9 years now. Timmy B is part owner of Tattoo Afterlife in Huntington NY and has 4 cats.
Johnny Quintana specializes in black and grey realism artwork. He currently tattoos out of the Ink Shop Parlor in Arcadia, CA.