Leonardo Popp aka Puppet of Primal Instinct Tattoo
This week’s Artist Spotlight is with Leonardo “Puppet” Popp of Primal Instinct Tattoo in Victoria, TX. We first met Puppet at the Asheville Tattoo Fest due to a recommendation of our friend and tattoo collector Jesse “Mule” Hembree. After spending just a few minutes talking with Puppet you knew Jesse was right. Puppet’s work is amazing on and off the skin. He has about 31 awards to his name to date.
“The biggest reward is seeing my clients happy with their artwork.There isn’t an award at any show that can top that.” ~ Puppet
We had the pleasure of catching up with Puppet between conventions and client appointments.
Our Artist Spotlight is with Claire Reid of Ajna Tattoo. In keeping with our promise of bringing more international artists to everyone, Claire’s studio is located in New South Wales, Australia. The studio’s name may sound familiar to you and it should, we interviewed another talented artist from their last year – Jacob Gwynn. Claire’s artwork in the style of color realism is simply breathtaking. We caught up with Claire as she traveled doing guest spots here in the states.
We know you have been tattooing for a decade; how did you get into tattooing?
Yes, I started tattooing in 2005 just after I finished my studies at the University. I was piercing at the time and really wanted to learn how to tattoo but my boss didn’t think that my art was good enough. One of the other tattoo artists had seen my sketchbook where I was doodling characters in ball point pen and he thought that I had a style. So he convinced my boss into letting me be an apprentice, there was one catch; if I couldn’t learn to tattoo in six weeks I had to go back to piercing. Continue reading Claire Reid Ajna Tattoo Australia→
This week’s artist interview is with Joie Sunshine of The VIP Room in Miami, Florida. Joie has only been tattooing for short period of time but her work reminded me of the old “street” shop tattoos. We caught up with Joie Sunshine between appointments and trips to Disney.
How long have you been tattooing for?
I’ve been tattooing professionally for three years.
Have you always want to be a tattoo artist?
No, I didn’t always want to be a tattoo artist. It was something I just sort of fell in to. As a child I always loved to draw and color. Once I started school I always made sure to take an art class from elementary school all the way to college. I love going to museums and art galleries. I’m always looking for inspiration.
How old were you when you got your first tattoo?
I was sixteen years old. Ugh ! It’s a tribal on my lower back. It was a birthday gift from the late Rob G. No funny or interesting story to accompany it lol. I have plans to cover it up once I start my back piece.Continue reading Joie Sunshine→