SullenTV Presents The Rockstar Energy and Sullen Clothing Inked Up Tour Stop 8 Seattle Part 1 of 3 featuring Jeff Gogue, Gypsy Rose, and Big Gus interviewed by Bernadette Macias!
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I’m Jeff Gogue (pronounced go-gway). I did my first tattoo in August of 1999, and began tattooing full time August of 2000. Self taught, I’ve been influenced by people like Robert Hernandez, Nikko Hurtado, Shige, Bob Tyrrell, and Joe Capobianco. I’ve been somewhat mentored by Cory Norris of Classic Tattoo, Grass Valley, California, and Kevin Cox of Aces Tattoo, in Reno Nevada. I really want to strive for creative, dynamic, refined work. Not necessarily “photo-realistic” but detailed where needed, and loose where it’s appropriate. I also love oil painting when I can, and have been doing so, off and on, for the last couple years. I am expressive by nature. I’m transparent, but multifaceted, revealing some contrasts and mysterious ways. You can’t see all of who I am from any one angle, so, in my quest for relevance, I am trying to expose as much as I can bare to. This stage in my life is fairly new, since I feel that up until the last year or two, I’ve only been striving for technical ability… just to be good at manipulating paint or ink or whatever, doesn’t send any message besides being disciplined and methodical. I am ready to see what’s inside… though it leaves me vulnerable to disappointment, both in myself and in everyone else… I am still ready. I don’t think anyone lives completely honest. We all hide that which we are ashamed of. Desiring to minimize our faults and maximize our strengths. I’m no different, but I’m willing to see how honest I can be. I’m sure it will take time, since all I know is just that.
BIG GUS: Tattoo Artist on Hit TV Show TATTOO NIGHTMARES, Painter, Graff Artist, traveler of arts, just blessed to have and do what I love for a living “ART” Big Gus was born and raised in the streets of Los Angeles. His mother was an artist and would always encourage him to draw, paint, and trace as a young child. Big Gus’ mother gave him his first set of paintbrushes at the young age of 5 years old. Unfortunately, his mother passed away when Gus was just 19 years old. Gus has a bit of a dark past, growing up with a ruff crowd and getting involved with gang banging at a young age. He was always painting murals in the Los Angels Riverbed and showcasing his graffiti skills all around L.A. Some of the older OG’s saw his skills and sort of forced him to pick up a tattoo machine to ink up the homies. Big Gus began tattooing at the age of 14. He has been a self taught artist his whole life, all though paying close attention to those better then he was to improve on his skills as an artist. He started tattooing professionally at age 22 out of Distinctive Ink in Pico Rivera. Big Gus began to attend tattoo conventions. He studied and observed all of the different styles and techniques. He became a fan of artists such as Jack Rudy, Joe Capobianco, Freddy Negrete, Paul Booth, Bob Tyrell and so many others. He later became friends with these same artists that he looked up to. Some of the respected old school artists like CatFish Carl, Tony Olivas, and Rick Walters schooled Big Gus on the fact that tattooists honoring the traditions and respecting the legacy and talents of fellow artists were becoming a dying breed. He knew that he was part of a new generation of these artists, and it was part of his responsibility to keep these traditions alive. Today Big Gus is a world class and world known tattoo artist. His popular style of fine line, Black and Grey-Photorealism graces the pages of Tattoo Publications in 40 countries. He has won over 300 awards, has his first book coming out soon, and has seen huge success with designs for clothing companies such as Sullen and Tribal. Big Gus is an inspiration to the troubled youth out there. He has sacrificed so much to get where he is now, and he lives a true West Coast OG success story. He is a blessed and talented individual, an extremely hard worker, and I am proud to have Big Gus as my friend.
– Jeremy Co Owner of Sullen Clothing
Gypsy Rose: “I am a tattooed model and a young tattooist. Art is my passion and my strive will always keep me going. My parents are my main supporters with all my dreams. My career goals are to be successful in the tattoo industry, as well as the modeling industry. I’m a Dr. Pepper Fanatic, everywhere i go a pepper is at hand. LOL “