SullenTV covered the first annual Palm Trees and Tattoo Convention in Palm Springs, CA as Bernadette Macias caught up with some amazing artist such as Sean of TG Tattoo, Big Sleeps, Big Meas, BJ Betts and Mr. Flaks!
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Sean TG Tattoo: Raised in the streets of San Francisco I eventually found myself here in Palm Springs via Las Vegas. This is where I met my business partner and best friend Tony Francois…together we opened the TATTOO GALLERY and we are gonna take the Game to the next level. Watch out! TG for LIFE!
Big Sleeps: After receiving his introduction to the world of tattooing in the late ’80’s, Sleeps has since come into his own as one of the culture’s most well respected artists. He’s collaborated with a slew of well-respected artists and companies including Sullen, OG Abel, Boog, Norm, Slick and Dissizit in a variety of critically acclaimed and commercially successful mediums. Sleeps maintains a humble, community-based mindset, speaking to local Los Angeles at-risk youth and working with Second Chance, a company which works with Homeboy Industries to give rehabilitated former prisoners employment opportunities.
Big Meas: All of the years of writing graffiti has definitely impacted Big Meas’ fascination with drawing letters. Lettering requires a certain skill that a lot of artists seem to never develop. He is not one of them. Big Meas takes his lettering seriously and gives nothing less that 100% on each and every design. His smooth strokes and steady hand have earned him a fantastic reputation among his clients and his teammates for being a class act at what he does. It also has set the foundation for his own personal style, being recognized and appreciated in the tattoo industry far and wide!
BJ Betts: With tattooing as his medium, his style utilizes elements from gothic imagery and Japanese folklore with an emphasis on perfecting fonts and unique lettering, even writing four guides on the subject that became instant tattoo industry standards. The opening of his own studio, Trademark Tattoo, in early 2008 in itself was a full-time gig, but the projects kept coming — two artists series takes for Adidas as part of a capsule collection that incorporated custom designed clothing too. Bringing his passions full circle, the opportunity to merge shoes, typography and hip-hop with commissioned work on the Adidas Def Jam collection arose, providing a unique look for Ghostface, Young Jeezy, Method Man and Redman. With further sneaker and clothing collaborations set to drop, even if the project isn’t based beneath the skin, BJ. applies the same intensity and dedication in order to create a permanent mark, whatever the medium.
Mr Flaks is a respected artist in the “New School” of tattooing, pushing the envelope of lettering and black and grey genres with edgy visuals and G-ed out fontography. Closing in on one decade of experience, Mr Flaks has earned his stripes tattooing household names and underground personalities alike, including Strong Arm Steady artist Mitchy Slick, Wrongkind Records Ise B, Gangsta E, Ryan McNeil of the San Diego Chargers, Ryan Smith of Sullen World Famous Tattoo Artist Big Gus, Johnny Quintana, Skateboard legends Jay Adams and Dennis Martinez just to name a few. Mr Flaks is also making inroads into the clothing industry, applying his unique style to a wide array of clothing by brands such as Sullen, Tribal and Osiris. Be on the lookout for his upcoming lettering book, “West Coast Guide to Lettering and Lifestyle” Available soon. Flaks C/S