Delaware-born BJ Betts is a typography titan. His pioneering tattoo lettering books are industry standard, not only setting new trends but also offering sage advice to fellow tattooers. Over the course of his career, Betts has translated his distinctive style to clothing and sneakers through collaborations with Adidas, New Balance, Bounty Hunter, House Industries, and Sullen. When not traveling, Betts works from one his two tattoo shops, Wilmington's Trademark Tattoo and State Street Tattoo in Kennet Square, Pennsylvania.
Big Gus was born and raised in Los Angeles and is known for his Fine line, Black and Grey-Photorealism. He's been tattooing for 20 years and has worked his way up from the streets of Los Angeles, to having huge success with designing for Sullen Clothing and now starring on the hit TV show Tattoo Nightmares.
Andy Engel, born in Kitzingen, Germany. A son of a blacksmith, he used to spend his early career as a professional drummer & played 180 shows a year. But at the age of 21, he recognized that his passion and high precision is as well the right tool kit to create stunning picture under people's skin.
So he started to put all his dedication in tattoo art and especially - the portrait style of black & grey. After 20 years of experience, he has not only developed a unique style in photorealistic portraying so that he is now worldwide booked for more than 3 years in advance and receives invitations to exclusive tattoo spots all over the world.
Andy has also rediscovered his old passion - music! Thats why his good friend Bob Tyrrell (who was on InkedUp tour 2013) and he started to play gigs with some other world leading tattoo artist at selected spots; such as the Las Vegas Convention, & Hell City.
My name is Roman, and I am a 32 year old, proud father of two beautiful little girls. I am currently living in a small town called Yucaipa, California. I came from two big Mexican Families, The Abrego's and the Escamilla's. Ever since I was young I was interested in art. My maternal grandfather, Art Escamilla, was a painter. He would have all of his grandchildren paint at a very young age. I was really into art when I was young, but as I got older I started to get into trouble, eventually ending up in jail. I consider jail one of the major elements that got me back into art. I had a lot of free time to work on my artistic ability and that experience made me want to shape up my life and do something right.
When I was released from jail, I began working with my step-dad Larry Keepers. He really took care of me and kept me out of trouble by teaching me a strong work ethic, but I knew I wanted to do something else other than road construction. I began tattooing out of my house not knowing what the hell I was doing, but eventually I made my way to a shop. I learned a lot while being surrounded by other artists.
As for my style, I love to do color portraits and bio mechanical or whatever else pops into my head. My shop is called Artistic Element because before we were tattoo artists, we were all artists and we bring that element into our tattoos.
My name is Rich Pineda. I currently tattoo out of Yucca Valley, CA at Liquid Tattoo. I specialize in photo-realism. I have been tattooing for 4 years. More importantly, I like Pina Coladas and getting caught in the rain.
I was born in 1973 and raised in Northern California. I'm married with three kids and have been tattooing since 1999. I love large-scale work like full backs, torsos, and body suits, and my style is a Japanese, American, art nouveau fusion.
My name is Timmy B and most people seem to describe my style as being illustrative realism or neo-traditional new school. I have no idea what I'd prefer it to be called so have fun with it. I currently work in Huntington New York, (long island) and I'm part owner of a shop named Tattoo Afterlife. I'm originally from western Massachusetts and began tattooing there but I've lived all around the country and can't seem to get away from glorious New England.
Freddy Negrete is a Tattoo Artist currently working out of Mark Mahoney's Shamrock Tattoo in West Hollywood, California. He has been tattooing professionally for over 30 years and along with Charlie Cartwright, Jack Rudy, and Ed Hardy, pioneered the style of tattooing that has come to be known as Black and Grey. Freddy also helped make up artist, Fred Blau, pioneer the process of temporary tattoos used by the motion picture industry and movie credits include, "Blood in Blood out", "Con Air", "Blade Trinity" and over 30 more.
Jess Yen, aka Horiyen, is the fearless leader and creator of Jess Yen Tattoo Family and has been tattooing since 1992. He offers services in both electrical tattoo machine and traditional hand-poked tattooing (known as Tebori). He is a multi-awarded artist by both national and international tattoo conventions. His specialties are Oriental body suit and realistic portraits in both colors and black & grey. He is known as a master of New School Oriental art style where you find elements of realism and materialism in his tattoo. Born and raised in Taiwan, his background in Japanese and Chinese cultures helps inspire unique and creative designs to a list of clientele booked up to two years in advance. A student of karma, Jess Yen believes "what goes around, come around" and has dedicated his life to his art, the stories of his clients, and creating masterpieces out of the two.
My Name is Steve Soto from Orange County California. My Style of tattooing is black and gray chicano style. I've been tattooing for 13 years and the proud owner of Goodfellas Tattoo in Orange, CA.
I started tattooing professionally in 2003. As I progressed as a tattoo artist I soon realized that I found my niche with color realism. Constantly refining and polishing this craft keeps me extremely busy and motivated to climb to the next level. A glimpse through my portfolio reveals my preference for wildlife and portrait tattoos. Although realism is the style I'm technically "known for," I do enjoy tattooing other styles and incorporating different aspects in my work to keep things fresh and interesting.
In addition to owning and operating MD Tattoo Studio in Northridge, California, and Memento Publishing, where we market, publish and sell books that encompass a passion for the artistic lifestyle. I also keep busy as co-owner of Stencil Stuff, which is a company that offers Stencil Stuff and Spray Stuff, products that aid artists in achieving better tattoo results. The solutions are used by thousands of tattoo artists every day and I hope are a positive attribute to the tattoo industry. I am honored to be an award-winning artist, garnering approximately 130 awards in the first seven years that I have been tattooing. And the accomplishment I am most proud of is being happily married to my beautiful wife Serena, and a father to our awesome son, Kyle.
I'm a realistic fantasy artist from australia. I've grew up and lived in Brisbane, Queenslands South East my whole life. I'm the owner of a tattoo studio called GarageInk and love my crazy crew. I've been in the tattoo industry for 13 years now. I enjoy people, they make my life awesome, never a dull moment. I dream of what my life would have been if I grew up in the 70's. I'm a yoga and clean-eating advocate, and am currently living the sober life as my drunken alter ego is a wreak! Mother of 2 little creeps. I'm a total wanka! I also have chicken salt on everything, just to balance the clean eating lifestyle lol