Sullen TV Presents the final cut of the Musink Tattoo Convention Coverage 3 of 3! Check it out as Bernadette Macias talks with Chuey Quintanar, Franco Vescovi, Ryan Mullins, and London Reese!
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The artistic legacy of Jesus “Chuey” Quintanar began in the “City of the Aztecs” (Mexico City) where he was born and spent his early years before his family moved to Southern California, the “LBC” to be exact. Chuey’s love for art was developed in Cali. He can’t remember how long it’s been since he started to draw, but he started his carrier as a tattoo artist in 1999. Chuey’s passion for tattoos began when he would look at his older friends who had tattoos and become inspired by the work that they were getting done. One day, his homie Fabian gave him a homemade tattoo machine. It wasn’t long before Chuey started to do work on his friends and he hasn’t stopped since. Chuey specializes in realistic tattoos like portraits, Aztec images and religious pieces, but don’t get it twisted. You can see from the pictures that this top tattoo artist can knock out anything that you have in mind as a permanent impression. Chuey’s work with ink can be seen on many people known in the world of tattoos. Chuey did “The Legend” Aztec piece on “Chuco’s” leg and has the religious scene on David’s ribs. Chuey would like to thank his family, especially his Mom and Dad, and his wife, Violeta, plus “Pint” and the GTC Crew for all of the support.
Franco Vescovi was a normal neighborhood kid who grew up in a family of seven near Central and Bristol in southwest Santa Ana, California. His family grew up free of luxuries but never free of good times. Growing up with five brothers and sisters and no money, a healthy imagination became the source for fun in the Vescovi household, with the creation of homemade toys, homemade tetherball courts, and Hefty trash bag slip-and-slides. Franco has been tattooing for the past 21 years and is best known for his black and grey tattoo work. Franco’s self-training method of tattooing is the epic example of a catch-22. Many others have learned similarly as Franco, which was the best way to learn for his particular environment and mindset. Starting the humble way not only forced Franco to learn how to tattoo, but put in all the effort he had within himself. Such a method strong-armed Franco into paying attention to every bit of detail in the artwork. “Tattooing with a single needle makes you feel like you’re tattooing under a magnifying glass.” Currently, Franco owns and operates the infamous Bishop Rotary tattoo machine as well as owning Vatican Studios in Lake Forest, CA.
With Integrity, iron will and perseverance, Ryan Mullins is taking the scene by storm . Tattooing only since 2010 he has already inspired and motivated Tattooer’s and Painters from around the globe. Living a drug free Straight Edge lifestyle his hard work and dedication to his art is definitely reflected in the amazing drawings and paintings that he produces. Tattooing has become a rite of passage to him and become second nature; he strives for excellence and puts 100% into everything he creates. The heart of a lion and his positive attitude has already makes him one of the elite group of artist that will surely influence many for years to come.
London Reese – I am merely a man; suffocated by art. I am a southern California native who loves life and all of the art in it. I grew up with a pencil in my hand and an unrelenting passion for illustration. Music has always been an important part of my life and continues to inspire all of my artistic endeavors. I am a self-taught tattoo artist. I did my first few tattoos in 2006 while studying art in college. After a bit of development and some real soul searching, I began tattooing full-time in 2008. Graphic realism and illustrative tattooing have become my main interest and focus in my work. I constantly strive to progress as an artist and I hope that it comes through in every tattoo that I do. The art of tattooing is sacred to me and I am honored to be a part of such an amazing community of artists. Cheers.