SullenTV covered the first annual South Coast Tattoo Expo in Costa Mesa, CA this year. Host Bernadette Macias caught up with a few of the attending artists such as Rich Pineda, Roman Abrego, Carl Grace and Poch! Check it out!

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Rich Pineda BIO:
I got my start in tattooing through my friend Jeff Cooper in March of 2010. So I have been tattooing a relatively short time. I absolutely am in love with this art form over any I have done in the past. I have been getting tattooed since I was 15 and have loved it since then. I had a few friends that tattooed when I was growing up and one of them was my good friend Todd Townsend who was like a big brother to me. I always admired what a great artist he was as I was an artist myself and appreciated good work. I never thought that years later I would be an tattoo artist as well. I did the music thing most my life as well. I was in many bands last being Heart of Eros with my good friend Matt Ainsworth and still continue to make music today as well as Engineering and Recording at my home studio “The Underground Studio” Although I have been an artist as long as I can remember, and worked as an artist for many years working on custom automotive pain jobs as well as bikes, helmets, custom wood and metal works, and most art related fields. Making custom one off pieces is my favorite thing to do, I also love photography. If you would like to get some work get in touch with me through my contact page. R.

Roman Abrego is a seasoned tattoo artist specializing in portraits and color realism, Roman was introduced to tattooing at a young age when his uncle Jerry gave him his first tattoo machine. He features his talents worldwide and does guest spots at tattoo shops around the world. Family is central to Roman’s life, as he has two daughters. His unique experiences, professionally and personally, have more than prepared him for anything and everything that will come his way. He loves to do color portraits and bio mechanical or whatever else pops into his head. His shop is called Artistic Element (Yucaipa, CA) because “Before we were tattoo artists we were all artists and we bring that element into our tattoos.” He also owns Artistic Element 2 in Los Angeles, CA. Roman was honored with the Tattoo Society’s Artist of the Year Award in 2009 and 2010 and was featured on Best Ink.

Carl Grace is originally from LA. His artistic style was influenced early by a youth spent in placement homes, camps, jail, and prison. He began tattooing in 1998 with a tattoo apprenticeship under Boston John at Skin Grafix in Arcadia, California. Since 2009, Carl has attended over 100 tattoo conventions as an artist and has been a featured guest artist in many tattoo shops around the country. He won his first award at the Tucson Tattoo Exposition in 2010.

Poch: A world renowned artist known throughout the industry for his captivating images that immerse the mind, body, and soul in a fusion of unparalleled realism creates an unsurpassed visual presentation that takes hold of the imagination and leaves the viewer demanding for more. His keen eye for detail exemplifies the true meaning of talent; each work of art produced pushes the envelope and challenges others to match his skill. Poch excels in color, black & grey, pinup, and portrait. However, realism is the art form that Poch genuinely loves and incorporates in all of his pieces. His talent truly shines when he is allowed to tattoo without any constraints, transforming a basic idea into a realistic materpiece. Dedicating his life to his artwork, Poch has cemented his name in the industry as one of the frontrunners in realism as he constantly tests new approaches to advance his skills. Poch’s primary inspirations are his drive to make it in the tattoo industry and to create a name for himself. Artists that have committed themselves to the industry and constantly push art to the next level gives Poch a sense of determination and inspiration that far exceeds the norm. Tattooing is more than a profession for Poch, every image that he creates is an extension of himself. His devotion, permanently etched into the pieces he creates, resounds through every line. With his skills, dedication, and focus Poch will continue to strive for more and accept nothing but the best while he leaves the world wondering what stroke of genius he will achieve next.

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