SullenTV Presents The Rockstar Energy and Sullen Clothing Inked Up Tour Stop 11 Pittsburgh Part 3 of 3 featuring Nikko Hurtado, Carlos Rojas, Jon Mesa, Liz Cook and James Vaughn interviewed by Bernadette Macias!
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Nikko Hurtado was born in the San Fernado Valley in 1981. After just a year of tattooing Nikko did a tattoo that would change his career forever – a Batman color portrait. This was his first color portrait that he ever attempted and when it was complete the client entered it into the Pomona Tattoo Portrait Contest and took home First Place. It would be one of many awards he would collect over the years, but that portrait put him on the map. Nikko started being featured on numerous TV shows such as LA Ink, Tattoo Wars, Tori & Dean, and Spike TV’s Ink Master. His TV appearances drew attention from celebrities and allowed him to tattoo Musicians Drake, The Game, Fred Durst, Wes Borland, Brandon Boyd, Jose Pasillas, Wale, Andrew WK, and Cheryl Cole; Athletes Carlos Boozer and Chris Cole; Actors Guillermo Diaz and Jenna Jameson; and celebrities Jeffree Star, Jesse James, and Kat Von D. Right in the middle of his career boom, Nikko started the Black Anchor Collective tattoo studio in 2009. Today Nikko is extremely humbled by the love and support of his fans, friends, and family. He also now has a tattoo collection of his very own and continues to learn by only getting tattooed by people he can learn from. He spends his life dedicated to tattooing at Black Anchor Collective, travelling the World and spending time with his family.
Carlos Rojas: currently tattoos at Black Anchor Collective in Hesperia, CA
Jon Mesa: Im a tattoo artist currently based out of NYC, I travel to tattoo conventions around the world throughout the year. I love to make cool stuff and was a finalist on Oxygen’s TV Show Best Ink season1. I am best known for my Neo-Traditional approach of tattooing.
James Vaughn: With over 20 years experience James Vaughn has become one of North Carolina’s most awarded and respected custom tattoo artists in the industry. James has two North Carolina tattoo parlors- Straight A Tattoo in Asheboro, NC and Emerald City Tattoo & Piercing in Greensboro NC. Although he specializes in neo-traditional Japanese art, James’ style and creativity is boundless. While appearing on Spike TV’s hit show, INK MASTERS, James Vaughn became a household name with his southern sayings and wry humor.
Liz Cook: Artist and tattooer based out of Dallas TX. I work by appointment only out of my own studio Rebel Muse, located at 570 S Edmonds Lane, Lewisville 75067. I specialize in Realism, Portraits, Horror and Pin up style tattoos. Although I’m based out of Dallas Texas, I try to do as many conventions and guest spots as possible, in the states and international. To get an appointment with me give me the ideas for your tattoo, placement, size, as well as any reference material you have. This will help me get a better idea of what you are wanting out of your tattoo and make sure that I’m the right artist for you.