Interview with Domanick Libretti- Tattoo Artist

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Dom Libretti recently joined our stable of talented tattoo artists at Dame of the West Tatttoo.

Discover, collect and share inspiration from a curated collection of tattoos
by Domanick Libretti. Old School (Traditional), Black & Gray, Lettering.

Welcome Domanich to your new home at Dame of the West Tattoo

Interview with Jon Garber – Tattoo Artist

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What was the first tattoo you did?

A tribal sun. It was never my plan to become a tattoo artist. I’ve created art since childhood. Always drawing & painting with a number of people who encouraged my artistic ability. It wasn’t until I asked a guy about his own tattoos and my interest was piqued. After much conversation and sharing my own drawings, he made me a deal. He’d give me a machine and when I was good enough I owed him a tattoo. He explained how to use it and what to do. I went home and tattooed my roommate that evening. I pursued an apprenticeship soon thereafter.

How did you find your personal style ?

I’ve always appreciated art. I mainly focus on styles I’m drawn to such as; American traditional, vintage Americana and turn of the century European traditional tattooing. The reference material those artists had access to was superb. Everything just so sophisticated and detailed. For 15 out of the 25 total years I’ve been an artist, my style had been concentrated in the vintage style. The Parisian magazines, illustrations, and of course the timeless quality is something I strive to create in my own work.

What differentiates your tattoo style?

I like following traditional tattoos and style. I wanted to immerse myself and discover the essence that drove those artists. Everything throughout tattoo present and past has been done and redone. You gotta digdeep and devote time to perfecting ones’ style. Educate yourself and really never stop unearthing reference material.

When I’m creating a design I ask myself, how can I make this better? I admire George Burchett and his ability to create amazing art. My clients know each tattoo session is also a teaching experience. They learn a little tattooing history and the development of the design and I gain insight into my clients’ life and the satisfaction of being able to tattoo my creations. I rather enjoy my sessions being more than just a tattoo.

How do you see your style evolving?

Absolutely! By exploring subject matter, and having all the fundamentals to recreate a design I’m pushing myself internally to get better everyday. I alter details in my designs every time, so each tattoo is unique. That process is evolutionary in itself.

What is the goal for you and your team at
Dame of the West Tattoo?

My vision for the shop was to create a space that develops outstanding artwork, has a warm, inviting family atmosphere and to inspire each of us to become the best versions of ourselves. Each artist knows they can grow rather than feel like they’re constantly hitting their heads on the ceiling. This also forces me to become a better artist. Our artists are all progressing together. I encourage everyone to pay attention to the details that will become their legacy. Clients can sense the passion we have for our work. That being said, my ultimate goal for all of us is to exceed our own expectations and challenge ourselves professionally and personally. Each and every tattoo should be better than the last.

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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 Leo Galaz – Tattoo Artist

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How did you get started in Tattooing ?

My brother worked at a Immacualte tattoo for a long time so I’d always be hanging around there. I met a lot of Tattooer’s and got tattooed heavily. I met Josh Carter there and since became friends. My youngest brother got a job working the counter at 5th estate tattoo and is where I met and got tattooed by Jon Garber. When dame started up I would come in every day until they thought me how to tattoo.

What was your first tattoo ?

My first tattoo was the straight edge x’s down my leg.

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

No training but growing up I was always in all the art classes in school and loved drawing people and animals.

Who influence you a lot with your current tattoo style ?

Chuco Moreno , Gustavo Martinez , Kane Navasard, Freddy Corbin, Stizzo, Ed Hardy, Oozy.

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

Definitely. Girls that don’t want big tattoos.

What’s your actual tattooing process like?

Setting up a single needle or bug pin 3 needle and a black ink cap and washed down black in. Solid black outline and stipple shading.

How do you see your style evolving?

It’s evolving to a more fine line traditional style.

What styles of tattooing covers your current body of work ?

Fine line, single needle, fine line traditional, floral portrait, illustrative, Chicano, prison style, stippling, dot work , black work.

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