Interview with Carlos Chizo – Tattoo Artist

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Meet our new artist Carlos Monje or Charlie Chizo as he is know in graffiti circles in Miami, NYC, and San Francisco. Charlie is available for appointments starting this week.

How did you get started in tattooing ?
My friends in my graffiti crews always told me to get into it and one day I said ok cool I’ll give it a shot.

What was your first tattoo ? A small black rose

Do you have any artistic training prior to getting into the industry?
Technical training like going to school no but I have lived off of Art for a while now.
From corporate mural work to digital designs, painting kids rooms, live painting for events, set backgrounds etc.

Who influence you with your current style?
A lot of people older and new but mostly everyone at the shop

Do you find your work attracts a certain type of crowd ? Not really

What’s your actual tattoo process ?
It’s different every time. I still experiment with different approach’s to see what
works what doesn’t or what I like and don’t like.

How do you see your style evolving ? I don’t really know

What style of tattooing covers your current body of work?
Definitely under the umbrella of traditional style

To book Carlos for a session,

please call our shop at (480) 534-5843

Interview with Josh Carter – Tattoo Artist

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How did you get started in Tattooing ?

I started tattooing in Venice Beach California in 1997. I was working at a shop with my girlfriend at the time who was a piercer and I saw a bunch of tattooers putting crappy tattoos on tourists and thought Hey ! I can do that ! So I convinced an old punker dude I knew to show me some basics and I was off and running.

What was your first tattoo ?

A star I tattooed on my own ankle.

Do you have any artistic training prior to getting into the industry?

I didn’t have any formal training but I always had a predilection towards art.

Who influence you a lot with your current tattoo style?

I find most of my reference in old Japanese art and give my own spin. There’s are a handful of tattooers who do a similar style that I feed off of from time to time but I try not to look at other tattooers work too much when creating my own.

Do you find your work attracts a specific type of clientele?

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What’s your actual tattooing process like?

Client likes my work, take deposit, make appointment, tattooooooo.

How do you see your style evolving?

I don’t see it changing much at this point, only refining.

What styles of tattooing covers your current body of work?

Japanese Traditional.

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Interview with Joshua James – Tattoo Artist

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How did you get started in Tattooing ?

I started getting tattooed heavily upon exiting the military. I had drawn and painted in different mediums pretty
regularly from childhood and had a background in graphic design when I was offered the opportunity to learn.

What was your first tattoo ?

I primarily focused on script and traditional flash to start. The first tattoo was a small traditional flower on a friend after tattooing myself for a few weeks.

Do you have any artistic training prior to getting into the industry?

I have taken life drawing and perspective courses as well as a light and shadow class. Most of my learning has come by way of tips and tricks generously given by other artists and Tattooers.

Who influence you a lot with your current tattoo style?

There are so many vastly different styles I like and appreciate. I love the work of Valerie Vargas, Phil DeAngulo, Greggletron, Kim-Anh Nguyen, John Garber, and Josh Carter.

Do you find your work attracts a specific type of clientele?

I enjoy a multitude of different styles at the moment and learning/growing my craft and as such tend to tattoo people from all backgrounds.

What’s your actual tattooing process like?

Depends heavily on the style of the tattoo. I enjoy multiple lineweights and traditional/neo traditional bright smooth shading.

How do you see your style evolving?

Eventually as I progress I would like to narrow down my styles to focus primarily on American traditional and Japanese.

What styles of tattooing covers your current body of work?

Traditional, Neo Traditional, ornamental, and street shop walk ins.

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Interview with Fernando Mardo – Tattoo Artist

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a) How did you get started in Tattooing ? I started painting graffiti when I was 14 and some of the older graffiti artist were tattoing

b) What was your first tattoo ?
My last name in Arabic

c) Do you have any artistic training prior to getting into the industry ?
None just spray painting my name

d) Who influence you a lot with your current tattoo style ? Other traditional style Tattooer’s to manny to name

e) Do you find your work attracts a specific type of clientele? No

f) What’s your actual tattooing process like? Fast and painless

g) How do you see your style evolving? I don’t know

h) What styles of tattooing covers your current body of work ? .
classic, bold, old school, traditional, American traditional, neo traditional

Interview with Morgan Gatekeeper – Tattoo Artist

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How did you get started in Tattooing ?

I have always been nurtured as an artist and experimented in several different mediums before, beginning my apprenticeship at the age of 19.

What was your first tattoo ?

A Pisces symbol on my inner left ankle.

Do you have any artistic training prior to getting into the industry?

Just advanced high school art classes and some college design management background.

Who influence you a lot with your current tattoo style ?

My tattoo style inspiration stemmed from the artist Thomas Hooper. From there I learned about other artists that captured my attention like Dillon Forte, Rose Hardy, Aries Rhysing, and many more.

Do you find your work attracts a specific type of clientele ?

I would say the majority of my clientele is looking for something geometric, floral or ornamental. My style of drawing tends to attract a more “feminine” audience.

What’s your actual tattooing process like?

I do a solid combination of stenciling and freehand for my work. Most of the time I spend the first hour or so drafting out the project to fit the client properly. From there we begin the tattooing process and I do my best to keep my clients comfortable and happy.

How do you see your style evolving?

Hoping to continue to sharpen my skill set as time goes on.

What styles of tattooing covers your current body of work?

Geometric, blackwork, ornamental, floral, some traditional.

Interview with Kyle Huskey – Tattoo Artist

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How did you get started in Tattooing ?

I’ve taken a liking to tattoos at a young age, and Have always loved creating art and finding new waysm to stand out. Jon garber reached out to me for an apprenticeship and I’ve continued to learn and grow under him.

What was your first tattoo ?

My first tattoo I did was a black rose on my thigh.

Do you have any artistic training prior to getting into the industry ?

I’ve had no formal art training of many kind before, It’s always been trial and error until I figure out a way that best worked for me. Lots of questions and YouTube videos.

Who influence you a lot with your current tattoo style ?

I’m influenced a lot by French prison tattoos and traditional artists such as Ben Corday and Christian Warlich. I like to mash up different styles and find a way to make them work together.

Do you find your work attracts a specific type of clientele?

I don’t particularly notice my work attracting,a certain type of clientele.

What’s your actual tattooing process like?

My process is thin lines, different textures, black.

How do you see your style evolving?

I see my style evolving by finding more options for different
textures and larger scale pieces. I’d love to do full torso tattoos.

What styles of tattooing covers your current body of work ?

My current style consists of thin lined, black work, folk, French criminal and traditional influences.