Nikko Hurtado: Work Smart and Be Grateful

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We met up with tattooist Nikko Hurtado at the end of a warm-winter day at the conference hall, a building located across the Golden State Tattoo Expo in Pasadena, where he and other prominent colleagues Joe Capobianco and BJ Betts conducted workshops to aspiring artists. Hurtado, the event co-host and studio owner of Black Anchor, is an A-lister in the industry and has impressed many with his photorealistic tattoos including Cheryl Cole and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. He is also known for his television appearances on “LA Ink” and “Ink Master”and being a headliner in top conventions around the globe. The last year marked his 16th year in the business and he decided it was time to take a break from extreme traveling to be able to spend time with his family and at his studio in Los Angeles.

At 8 pm we sat down with Nikko Hurtado to dig a little deeper about the reality of his fame (the hours and work it has taken him to be successful), his lifestyle choices to remain physically and mentally sane, and how he keeps breathing with such a busy schedule.

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Adriana (aka The Tattoo Journalist) is a Webby Award-winning designer, editor of Scene360, and author of this book. Acquiring 20 years of writing experience in fine arts, Adriana has dedicated much time to documenting tattooists' lives and work. She also contributes to Tattoo Kulture, Inked, TattooLife, and other publications. Follow the author @ Instagram and view more articles.