SullenTV presents Part 2 of the Palm Trees and Tattoos Convention Coverage where Bernadette Macias caught up with top artists such as James Strickland, Mike DeVries, Mario Rosenau, Justin Hartman, and Ryan Mullins!
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James Strickland is a Professional Tattoo Artist working out of a private studio in Ventura, Ca
Mike DeVries was born and raised in Southern California’s San Fernando Valley. He received his first tattoo when he was 16 years old. That event opened the window to a whole new world for him. He has always been into art, and had a fondness for the realism style. He would explore tattoo magazines during his early years, amazed at the portraiture work done by some of the great black and grey artists. He started tattooing professionally in 2003. As he progressed he found his niche in color realism. In addition to owning and operating MD Tattoo Studio in Northridge, California, he also owns Memento Publishing, where he markets, publishes and sells books that encompass a passion for the artistic lifestyle. He keeps busy as co-owner of Stencil Stuff, which is a company that offers Stencil Stuff and Spray Stuff, products that aid artists in achieving better tattoo results. He has garnered approximately 130 awards in the first seven years that he has been tattooing. And the accomplishment he is most proud of is being happily married to his beautiful wife Serena, and a father to his son, Kyle.
Mario Rosenau: Mario and I started Art Junkies tattoo over ten years ago, I’m blessed to have such a good friend In my life the two of us have been through our fear share of ups and downs. But I couldn’t be more thankful for everything Mario has done and continues to do for me. Thank you buddy I’m truly thankful and grateful for our friend ship. Mario like myself and many others are dreamers, but the difference between Mario and everyone else is Mario makes those dreams a reality, this guy works his ass off he’s always doing something and has something going on. Some call Mario a ‘Mad Sentience’ but I call him a brother. Mario’s growth in the tattoo industry is like no other Mario is a people person always putting others first. You will never hear the word NO come out of his mouth, if it’s something Mario doesn’t already know or understand Mario will find a way. Mario is always thinking of ways to improve himself as an artist, in doing so he has not only made change in himself he as changed the entire tattoo industry. If it wasn’t for Mario inventive way of thinking we would all still be sticking on our stencils with deodorant. Mario’s Stencil Stuff products have forever changed the way every tattoo is done today. I’ve have been honored to see Mario’s growth from every stage in his career from his first tattoo he did to the tattoo he did yesterday. Mario can tattoo anything and anything he’ll tattoo. With all the success he has had I can honestly say Mario’s future is even more promising his tattoos have become apart of him, and the style he has been developing for the last 10 years is defiantly unique and his own. With his artistic vision and his ability to create Mario’s tattoos will always be seen as some of the best. I wait with excitement to see what Mario comes up with next.
Justin Hartman: From Grand Junction, CO. Born September of 1983 His professional influence is Pink Floyd. Personal hobbies and interests include art and music. Personal quote is “Trust your Artist’s Judgement. He is currently tattooing out of Urban Art Tattoo Studio in Mesa, AZ.
Ryan Mullins: 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.