Nikko Hurtado: Work Smart and Be Grateful

nikko hurtado interview in pasadena, with editor adriana de barros

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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