This past Labor Day was the 2015 Carriage House Tattoo Gathering in Lenoir, NC. This was the inaugural event that attracted top tattoo artists from all over the world. The event organizers were Big Gus, Tony Olivas, and Chris Holifield. The master of ceremonies was none other than Joe Germinario, aka Joey Tattoo from Spike TV’s hit series Tattoo Rescue. We would like to thank all involved for the opportunity to cover this event and all the hospitality.
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.