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Artist Profiles

Bob Tyrell

Bob posing next to a portrait by fellow tattooer Shawn Barber   Having an incredible artist for a father, Bob Tyrrell grew up wanting to be an artist himself. He started playing guitar in his teens and gave up art completely to pursue a career in music. He spent the next fifteen years playing in heavy metal bands and working a factory job. He’d wanted to get tattooed for years…

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Dax McClellan

When Dax McClellan was 3 he had 3 things on his Christmas list: Army guys, legos, and tattoos. He ran out of preschool his first day to draw aliens and at age 13 he was introduced to a tattoo machine, which he was strongly magnetized toward. At age 18 he tried to get an apprenticeship, and his dreams were crushed by his idol as he was told, "Go get a real job, you'll ne…

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Marisa Kakoulas

The following is a blog written by Marisa Kakoulas, editor of Tattoo World, along with a number of other heavyweight tattoo art books. In addition to publishing, Marisa is also involved in copyright law, and in particular has been narrowing her focus onto tattoo related copyright law. It's fascinating information at a time when these things seem awfully ambiguous.    So wi…

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Myke Chambers

At a young age, Myke left home with a backpack and his dog to wander the countryside by freight train in search of something he never found. Living a vagabond life he began his tattoo apprenticeship in the early 90's...along with his schooling of hard-knocks and plenty of tough life lessons learned, he's emerged into a well rounded tattooer and overall better person that is always there to…

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Nick Baxter

Although still in his early thirties, Nick Baxter already has long established himself as an artist worth watching, someone with a very personal artistic look executed with a level of technical excellence found with very few tattooists. Within his first year of working on skin, examples of Nick's work began appearing in magazines, catching the tattoo world by surprise, and he hasn't slowed…

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Chris Dingwell

1) G: When we first met- I believe it was in front of Ed Hardy's booth at a convention in Chicago- you were showing off some impressive sculpture pieces you'd done as part of your Master's thesis (do I have my facts straight...?) you had a keen interest in tattooing and a broad range of art skills, but hadn't actually started your apprenticeship yet. With such a broad creative back…

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Guy Aitchison

When Guy Aitchison was 16, his sister Hannah approached him from out of the blue and asked him if he felt like going to get tattooed. Guy had never thought about the subject before, indeed had never seen any tattoo work walking around that had made him think anything about tattooing. But the idea immediately appealed very strongly to him. They made an appointment at a grungy local shop for the fol…

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Michele Wortman

Michele Wortman is a multimedia artist. She tattoos, paints, takes pictures and writes electronic music. Though these mediums may vary, there is a common thread that glues them all together; they are all manifestations of her creative expression. Michele began painting and drawing as a kid, then majored in art at Lane Tech prep school in Chicago before studying briefl…

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Nikko Hurtado

Nikko Hurtado is one of Southern California's most prominent up-and-coming color portrait specialists, and has been instrumental in the color portrait genre gaining such popularity in recent years. Although only tattooing since 2002, Nikko's natural talent and hard work ethic have placed him in a position of respect among the seasoned veterans in the profession, and he has been eager to sh…

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Shawn Barber

Shawn Barber is a unique phenomenon in the tattoo world. Starting with a bachelor in Fine Arts, Shawn went on to become a painting teacher for the better part of a decade and has taught, lectured and given painting demonstrations around the world. He then began work on a series, Tattooed Portraits, of realistic paintings of tattooed individuals; this led eventually to a desire to become a tatto…

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Paul Booth

For over 2 decades, Paul Booth has been the undisputed master of dark art in the tattoo industry. Combining distinctive brooding themes with his smooth, realistic technique, Paul has set a new standard in black and gray tattooing that has attracted the attention of many prominent musicians and landed him spots on CNN, MSNBC, TLC, Rolling Stone Magazine and countless tattoo publications. Paul has a…

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Mike Devries

Since 2003, Mike Devries has been making his mark in the color portraiture scene in Southern California. Raised in a working-class family, Mike was attracted to tattoos at a young age and learned the trade as soon as the opportunity presented itself. He soon developed a preference for color realism and began developing his signature high-contrast realism style that he is known for today. Since the…

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Joe Capobianco

Joe Capobianco is a refined artist in the field of airbrushing and tattooing. For over 15 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 Girl", this style has directly correlated to his tattoo work, winning him numerous award…

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Russ Abbott

Russ Abbott has become widely known for his distinct graphic style. Although firmly rooted in time-tested classic notions of what makes a tattoo hold up through the years, he has developed methods of applying these traditional guidelines in novel ways toward many styles of tattooing including both traditional and realism, bringing them together into an American illustrative style that is both dist…

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Keith Ciaramello

Over the last 20 years Keith Ciaramello has developed a reputation for vision, faith, courage, integrity and a commitment to the motivation and betterment of young artists. With a background in education and the arts, he posses the rare ability to both DO and TEACH. His instructional approach breaks down complex concepts into practical information that can be applied by artists immediately on t…

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