Lonny Morgan of Aces High Tattoo Shop, Jupiter FL
From a basement in North Carolina to the most southern point of the Florida’s “Treasure Coast” comes a self taught artist that is making a name for himself by turning out clean, sharp and amazing tattoos. This weeks Artist Spotlight is on Lonny Morgan of Aces High Tattoo Shop located in sunny Florida.
We caught up with Lonny to discuss his artwork and tattooing:
AnoTat2: How long have you been tattooing?
Lonny: I am starting my 4th year in tattooing now; it all started Jan 2010 in my basement.
AnoTat2: We know you got into tattooing by some friends asking you to tattoo them; were you always good with artwork and drawing? What made them ask you to tattoo them?
Lonny: I never drew before tattooing. I went ass backwards to be honest. I was never an artist as far as paper, canvas or skin goes… I was into music before tattooing.
AnoTat2: Music and Art have always gone together; do you miss the whole recording and producing of music that you had done in NC?
Lonny: Not at all… I did music for years actually and when I was over it I was just over it. It was like a light switch and it flipped to the off position… but it was music that made tattooing an option. Some guys bought me a kit while I was doing music and if it wasn’t for that I would have never even thought of doing this.
AnoTat2: When did you get your first tattoo? What was it and any story behind it?
Lonny: My first tattoo was a hippie style sun on my back lol… one you pick off of a wall… no story behind it… I was just 16 and with my brother when he was getting one and back then there was no paper work or ID needed… so it happened.
AnoTat2: From your online portfolio it seems you like doing a wide range of tattoo styles; is there one style you prefer to do? Any style you still waiting to do on a client?
Lonny: I like neo traditional mixed with flat and shape… so I guess you could call some of my shit neo school – hell I don’t know what to call it lol.
AnoTat2: What do you like about neo traditional?
Lonny: I just like fun colorful custom pieces… simple designs with a twist I guess… like I said I will do a piece that has super flat with shapes all in the same piece.
AnoTat2: Have you ever turned a client down due to artistic conflict?
Lonny: I have; I had a guy who wanted a swastika and I am married to a woman who is west indian… my daughter is mixed and I find that to be a beautiful thing… I don’t support hate… other than that yes… if your design makes for a great pencil art but not so well as skin art then I will not do something I know will not translate well.
AnoTat2: What other mediums do you like to work with?
Lonny: Markers is my go to I guess… I have also played in acrylic paint, color pencils and lately I have been wanting to try airbrushing and acrylic spray cans.
AnoTat2: Which artists have influenced you or have driven you to push your limits as an artist?
Lonny: I would have to say that Dave Tevenal, Timmy B, Pat Patterson, Sketchy Lawyer, Travis Brown, Johnny Domus and a gang of others I see daily on Instagram.
AnoTat2: Have you done a traditional apprenticeship or were you mostly self taught?
Lonny: I am strictly self taught. Other than being inspired by other artists I haven’t ever been taught how to tattoo… maybe that’s a bad thing… I am not sure honestly… but it is what it is… I wanted an apprenticeship but I built a portfolio out of my basement and some how went to a chair instead.
AnoTat2: What do you think of all these new tattoo shows on TV? Do you feel they hurt or help the industry as a whole?
Lonny: I don’t think about them… I don’t watch them… I don’t care…
AnoTat2: How was the transitioning from working with clients in NC to south Florida?
Lonny: Well clients are clients ; doesn’t matter where you are in the world you will have some who love your work enough to let you do things your way and not place restrictions on your work and then you will have those who have to have it their way – which sucks all the life / fun out of the tattoo… so then you become a robot and disconnect with the piece. It goes both ways no matter where you are.
AnoTat2: When we spoke with Frank La Natra he recommended the use of Hustle Butter and from your site it appears you also use them; what can you tell us on the pros or cons of this product?
Lonny: I love the product. A lot of people are confused on when to switch from ointment to lotion etc… this is a one step solution and it’s awesome for the tattoo. It’s not an ointment and it’s not petroleum based – it’s a butter made of natural ingredients. I just like the way it goes onto the skin. I have used it to heal my hand tattoo and it worked awesome! So, yeah I push it. I like it and use it myself.
AnoTat2: Do you attend any tattoo shows or conventions? If so which ones?
Lonny: I am new to that area honestly so I am figuring out which shows are active and worth doing. I have done a few and definitely looking to do more. I have gone out of state and also done local shows. I just want to plan them out better I guess.
AnoTat2: What is the easiest way for someone to book an appointment with you?
So if you are looking for some neo traditional tattoo work make sure to visit Lonny at Aces High Tattoo Shop. You won’t be disappointed with your new tattoo.
~ ☠ AnoTat2 ∴