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An Interview with Matt Arriola

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By Nicki Kasper Let’s start with who you are and where you work…. My name is Matt Arriola. I work by appointment at Spotlight Tattoo in Los Angeles where I’ve been for almost a year. Tell us about your tattoo history. Who do you credit for teaching you the trade? How long have you been at it? I’ve been fascinated with tattoos since I was a little kid in Idaho… I can’t remember any special moment where I knew it was my thing, that probably came later as I got involved with skateboarding and playing music in punk and hardcore bands in Idaho. That’s what kind of led me into tattooing. I’ve  liked to draw since I was a little kid and when I was about 18 I decided I wanted to tattoo. I went to every shop in town with a resume and a bunch of drawings asking for apprenticeships. Haha!! Totally the way you’re not supposed to do it! I spent every day and night copying my favorite artist’s work out of tattoo magazines I bought at the gas station. I think my friends and family thought I was nuts!! Anyway after many denials, I finally landed an apprenticeship with Sean Wyett at Black Cat Tattoo. I bailed out early on my apprenticeship and moved to Seattle. This was about 6 months into it. Once in Seattle with no money and a whole 7 months of tattooing under my belt I found it difficult to find a job. Haha!! Once ... Read More »

MUSINK 2013

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Courtesy of MUSINK: MusInk 2013 will kick off its 6th annual festival on March 8-10 at the OC Fair & Events Center in Costa Mesa, CA, with performances by Bad Religion,Pennywise, Reverend Horton Heat, TSOL, Lagwagon, The Vandals and Lucero among others and appearances by over 300 tattoo artists including Jack Rudy, Robert Atkinson, Small Paul and Tomas Garcia. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.com. Featured Tattoo Artists: Jack Rudy, Robert Atkinson, Small Paul, Tomas Garcia, Nikko, Baba, Roman Abrigo, Bob Tyrrell, Robert Hernandez, Spotlight Tattoo, Gold Rush Tattoo, Shamrock Social Club, BJ Betts, Oliver Peck, Franco Vescovi, Norm, Chente, Newport Tattoo, Kyle Crowell, Rick Walters, Sid Stankovits, Yushi, Tokyo Hiro, Onizuka Tattoo and many more… Read More »

Waldo Del Rocca: Four Weeks in Africa with Thomas Morgan and Shon Lindauer

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By Waldo Del Rocca Thomas Morgan (Spotlight Tattoo) and Shon Lindauer (formerly of Thicker Than Water) recently travelled to South Africa… The schedule: One week in Cape Town, one week in Durban, one  week in Johannesburg and then one last week back in Cape Town. Thomas and Shon got here on the 10th and 11th of June, for me this was some nerve wrecking stuff (only knowing them online, following and respecting their work) not knowing who they are, as reputation sometimes proceeds. I didn’t know what to expect… Read More »

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