This week’s Artist Spotlight is on Sierra Colt of Bearcat Tattoo Gallery located in the Little Italy section of San Diego, CA. Sierra Colt is one of California’s top artists both on and off the skin. Sierra’s tattoo work and oil paintings are some of the best we have seen.
You have been in the tattoo industry for over 15 years, did you always want to be a tattoo artist? Have you always been into art?
I always gravitated towards art through high school and beyond. A family friend that was a tattoo artist sent me out some flash to color up my senior year. I colored a Phoenix and a friend in art class used the overhead to project it on my back. That moment alone stands out in my mind that I would be involved in tattoos.
How old were you when you got your first tattoo? What was it? An story behind it?
I moved in with some friends during the middle of high school and at one point we had a “tattoo artist” living with us. He had a full tattoo area set up and it seemed semi-legit at the time. But somehow I actually waited until I was 18 to get my first tattoo. I probably dodged a bullet there for sure. My first tattoo was like 30 different elements in one. I had the ocean, sun, a drop of blood, a hand coming out of a heart holding this made up symbol and on and on. Yeah it’s covered now! Continue reading Sierra Colt of San Diego, CA→
In this Artist Spotlight we caught up with Steve LaMantia of Ever After Gallery located in Spring Hill, Florida. Steve’s neo traditional tattoos and clean work has earned him a great reputation in the tattoo community. We caught up with Steve between appointments and construction of his new shop, Ever After Gallery.
You have been tattooing since 2003; how did you first get involved in tattooing?
By accident. I have a degree in Graphic Design and thought that’s what I wanted to do. After college I spent a few years doing graphic art and actually hated it. I went to get tattooed by a friend of mine and was bitching to him about my job. Knowing that I had artistic ability, he asked if I’ve ever thought about tattooing and offered an apprenticeship. Continue reading Steve LaMantia Ever After Gallery Florida→
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.