Emily Elegado of Rose & Ruins Tattoo
In this Artist Spotlight we caught up with Emily Elegado of Rose & Ruins Tattoo in South Carolina. Some may quickly recognize Emily Elegado from Spike TV’s hit series Ink Master as the quick witty and confrontational tattoo artist. All we have to say is don’t judge Emily by her “role” on TV as we quickly learned how down to earth and passionate she is about art, tattoos and her tattoo family. We had the pleasure of catching up with Emily Elegado between conventions and appointments. Continue reading Emily Elegado of Rose & Ruins Tattoo
Halo Jankowski Black Lotus Tattoo
In this week’s Artist Spotlight we caught up with Halo Jankowski of Black Lotus Tattoo in Severn Maryland. Halo is the owner of Black Lotus Tattoo and one of their custom artists. You may have seen Halo battling it out on Spike TV’s Ink Master on season 4 or working at one of the nations tattoo conventions. He has made a career out of giving clients one of a kind pieces of artwork that anyone would be proud to wear. We caught up with Halo to discuss his artwork and what the future may hold.
You have been tattooing for about 11 years now and have made a name for yourself doing realistic style portraits; how did you develop this style? Have you always been drawn to realism artwork?
My favorite things to tattoo is what I draw. Since most of what I do is all freehanded on the skin, its safe to say that I like to tattoo in the moment. I haven’t committed myself to a style as I’d like to learn and grow into an artist, not box myself into an artist. I tend to like realism. I like looking at things and analyzing colors, trying to match them and trying to understand contrast shifts, muting and activating colors, and tonal differences. However, on the COMPLETE opposite side I LOVE doing fun, bold line cartoony stuff. The real holy crap in your face color popping madness! Mixing styles is a lot of fun between the two and very challenging. I think its safe to say that I just love to tattoo. Any style. Continue reading Halo Jankowski Black Lotus Tattoo
Jay Blondel aka Gentle Jay from Ink Master
In this week’s Artist Spotlight we caught up with Jay Blondel from Alchemy Tattoo in Bellmore, New York. Some may recognize Jay Blondel from Spike TV’s hit tattoo series Ink Master. Jay Blondel also known as “Gentle Jay” has made a name for himself giving solid tattoos that will last the test of time. Gentle Jay has been tattooing since the late 90’s and knows how to do clean, crisp and bold tattoos that will look good today as well as 10 years from now. Jay comes from a time in tattoo history where you did not “specialize” in a particular style but in versatility. We caught up with Jay before heading out to the Providence Tattoo Art and Tattoo Convention.
You have been tattooing since 1999 and have seen the industry change from taboo to the mainstream; what do you feel shifted this change?
It started with more females getting tattoos, girls like Jenna Jameson with that little heartbreaker tattoo on her ass. From there it became really popular and once hot girls are ok with something it spreads like legs at a prom… (laughing) Continue reading Jay Blondel aka Gentle Jay from Ink Master