Kevin Marr Horikema
In this week’s Artist Spotlight we caught up with Kevin Marr Horikema of Godspeed Tattoo in San Mateo, California. Kevin has been tattooing since the late 90’s mastering the style Japanese tattoos.
You have been tattooing since 1999, way before tattoos became socially acceptable; what is your thoughts on the change in perception on tattoos and tattoos as art?
I feel like there’s been a huge shift. The change was just beginning when I got into the business thanks to a lot of the very progressive tattooing that was happening in the mid 90’s in San Francisco. Now that it’s acceptable, we have more serious clientele, and lots of amazing tattooers. My clients are getting full sleeves and full back pieces as their first tattoo. Back in the day it would blow my mind when someone wanted a full sleeve as a first tattoo, now it’s no big deal. Many of my clients have professional jobs, and they have the time and money to commit to large projects. Continue reading Kevin Marr Horikema
Empire State Tattoo Expo 2015 Coverage
The Empire State Tattoo Expo was GREAT; as to be expected. First, we would like to thank the event organizers for the hospitality and allowing us to cover such an awesome event. As soon as we hit the convention floor we were met with the sound of buzzing tattoo machines and the smell of green soap. Anyone who has ever attended a convention can tell you those two things go together like warm apple pie and ice cream.
On Sunday some lucky tattoo collector won a tattoo collaboration with Paul Booth and Nikko Hurtado – what a lucky guy!
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Chris Garver Invisible NYC
In this week’s Artist Spotlight we caught up with Chris Garver of Invisible New York City. Chris Garver does not need an introduction and is considered one of the most respected tattoo artists in the industry. He has tattooed clients all over the world, has had books published and has been apart of different projects including a clothing line – Ruthless & Toothless. We caught up with Chris for a phone interview to discuss tattoos and what the future has in store for him.
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