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Secret Sidewalk Tattoos History and 20th Anniversary

Eddy Reyes Sr was born in 1975 in Pajacuran, Mexico, and immigrated to the Bay Area of northern California, USA, at two years old. He began tattooing at 13 with a handcrafted machine and became a professional in 1995. He planned to utilize tattoos to depict the Bay Area by fusing what he saw on […]

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Freddy Corbin, Oakland’s Tattoo God

Freddy Corbin was born in Tampa, Florida, in 1966, grew up in Sacramento, and at 18, went to San Francisco, California, to pursue a career as a tattoo artist. Joshua Golden gives him his first professional tattoo at Lyle Tuttle’s shop. Corbin spent a lot of time at studios and received body art from various […]

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Outer Limits: The United States’ Oldest Tattoo Shop

Kari Barba (1960–) is a distinguished, award-winning tattoo artist with more than four decades of expertise in the industry. She is a co-owner of Outer Limits Tattoo & Museum, the oldest continually functioning tattoo studio in the United States and the second-oldest in the world. This establishment was founded in 1927 by an unidentified person […]

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Taki: One of America’s Finest Japanese Tattoo Artists

Takahiro “Taki” Kitamura was born in Tokyo in 1973 and moved to the United States with his parents when he was two. His father taught for 18 years at the University of California, Davis (UCD), and his mother instilled Japanese culture in her children, from cuisine to folktales, to preserve their history. Kitamura got his […]

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Rizn’s Interview on the Fundamentals of Art

Before becoming a tattooist, Rizn exhibited installation art and painted professionally for over six years. This knowledge has aided her in launching a tattooing career. And unconcerned that she has a few years of tattooing experience since her enthusiasm for the arts is sufficient to propel her forward. Rizn is also interested in establishing a stable […]

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Kirk Nilsen, a Tattooist Inspired by the Ancient World

Kirk Nilsen’s early works were motivated by customer demands for Mehndi designs, while he avoided drawing inspiration from cultures other than his own. Nilsen has been influenced by historical European buildings, medieval art, folk art, and textile art since he began tattooing in 2007. His mandalas tattoos are more symbolic and intricate, emulating specific examples […]

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El Nawal’s Black-Ink Tattoos Embody Energy

Alberto Hartleben is known as “El Nawal” in the tattoo community. A Guatemalan native who has lived most of his life in Brazil. In 2021, he co-founded a private tattoo studio in Houston, Texas, where he currently resides and works. As a tattoo artist, he employs black ink due to its beauty and longevity. In […]

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Interview with Jehoo on Stylized Reinterpretations of the East

Jehoo was born in 1980 in Pohang, South Korea. After studying electricity in high school, he supported his family as a mechanical engineer for the steel industry for a decade. After ten years, he decided to become a tattooer, but due to a lack of apprenticeships in his country, he was forced to learn independently; […]

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Kiwa’s Color Mandala Tattoos

Kiwa, a college dropout, abandoned his music degree to pursue a tattooing career because he was more interested in drawing and having his artwork significantly impact human bodies. For the past nine years, he has been tattooing professionally, fusing Hindu and Buddhist mandalas with color spectra seen in traditional Korean culture and architecture. They also […]

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Soosoo’s Tattoos Reflect Color and Film Scene Analyses

From Kubrick’s classic “2001: A Space Odyssey” to Gondry’s bizarre “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” tattooer Soosoo analyzes particular scenes and recreates them with a fresh color palette. Her aesthetic is characterized by its meticulousness and painterly quality.Additionally, “The Silence of the Lambs,” “Life of Pi,” and “Django Unchained” are often requested movies. Soosoo […]