SullenTV flew out to Zwickau Germany to cover Randy Engelhards convention, The Zwickau Tattoo Expo. Bernadette caught up with Jess Yen, Nikko Hurtado, George Mavridis, Moni Marino, Paul Acker and Dmitrity Samohin.
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Jess Yen: With over 16 years of tattooing experience, Jess Yen is the fearless leader and creator of My Tattoo Family. 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 color and black & gray. He is known as a master of New School Oriental art style where you find elements of realism and materialism in his tattoo.
George Mavridis was born in 1978 in Thessaloniki where he lives up to today. At the age of 18 he began tattooing as an amateur. In Piraeus at the year of 1999, he establishes his first tattoo studio. In 2007 after a successful career of 8 years of non-stop tattooing at Mitropoleos Str. 78 he moves to a much bigger and stylish studio at Georgiou Theohari Str. 5-7 where he is based now with his Tattooligans team.
Paul Acker has been tattooing since 2000, 13 years with favoritism in Horror color realism. His preferred art medium is Color pencil. Paul is passionate about horror movies & horror culture, tattooing. His most influential fellow tattoo artist are Bob Tyrell, Paul Booth, Tommy Lee Wendtner. Favorite movies include: Bram Stoker’s Dracula, The Thing, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, House of the Devil. His favorite music Misfits, Type O Negative, Cradle of Filth, Ghost.
Dmitriy Samohin from Ukraine is without a doubt one of the most talented realistic tattoo artists in the world. Both his color and black and grey work has set a new level to what constitutes “good” realistic tattooing. Dmitriy Samohin has in a relatively short amount of time been known as one of the absolute best tattoo artists in the world. He has for example won National Tattoo Associations “Artist’s choice realistic tattoo award”, “artist’s choice tattooist of best colored back piece”, “People’s choice realistic tattoo award” and “People’s choice tattooist of best colored back piece.
Nikko Hurtado (born 1981) is an American tattoo artist who specializes in color portraits. Hurtado was born in the San Fernando Valley, California in 1981 and began tattooing in 2002, eventually starting his own tattoo parlor, the Black Anchor Collective in Hesperia, California. He has been featured on LA Ink and Ink Master, as well as several instructional DVDs. In 2012 Hurtado participated as a jury member for the Chaudesaigues Award, an award that recognizes the career and the artistic choices of a tattoo artist.
Moni Marino’s tattoo career started in Italy in 1993 at the young age of 14. “The very, very first time—before using the tattoo machine that my father gave me—I used a sewing needle, thread, and Pelikan ink. I wrapped the thread around the needle tip, and after wetting the ink I tattooed the letter “M” on my wrist by doing the needle points close together. I am lucky to have wonderful clients who trust me and listen to me. It is important before starting a session that the customer is rested and has eaten enough. A session of seven to eight hours requires a lot of mental and physical strength.” Moni Marino has over 20 years of experience tattooing and her full color tattoo art work is unique, creative and completely original. Moni puts her heart and soul into every tattoo.
Randy Engelhard – I’m Randy and I tattoo since August 2001. Since 2005 I had got my shop: “Heaven of Colours”. I specialized in colour-realistic-tattoos and I’m widely guided by my role models Boris, Mike De Vries, and Roman Abrego. Since a couple years ago, I attend international tattoo trade fairs and also work as a guest tattoer, in California, Las Vegas, Australia, Moscow, etc. Therefore, my schedule book is really tight and it might be a little tricky to catch a free appointment, but I can tell you, your efforts will be rewarded “Cheers Randy”