The Motor City Tattoo Expo in Detroit, MI brought many amazing tattoo artist from all around the world. SullenTV host Bernadette Macias caught up with a few artist like Jess Yen, Johnny Quintana, Natalie Quintana, Timmy B, Rember, Liz Cook, Jack Rudy and Samuel Flores. Check out more from the Rockstar Inked Up World Tour 2014.
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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.
Johnny Quintana was born on April 6, 1979 in San Bernandino, California. His family then moved to Guanajuato, Mexico, where he lived for the first ten years of his life. Johnny was exposed to the beauty of the land, the people, the language and dialects and the amazing landscapes of Mexico. The setting of his childhood was surrounded by the richness and purity of the culture which brings about a lot of influence in his early works. Most of Johnny’s early works and drawings reflect the colorful and diverse Mexican culture: The people, their homes, market places, fields, churches, and towns. Drawing and painting were constant companions throughout his school years. Art became his constant outlet for expression.
Natalie Quintana is a tattoo removal specialist, wife of Johnny Quintana and currently works at the Ink Shop with her husband.
Timmy B is part owner of Tattoo Afterlife in Huntington NY and has 4 cats.
Their Mission: “Our Mission is Simple; to develop and provide high quality tattoo products for the artists and collectors who give a damn. We strive to bring fresh ideas and improvements to the application, after-care and life of tattoos. We also offer merchandise, accessories, artwork and more.”
Rember Orellana: Born in Guatemala, and later moving to the U.S. to attend High School, a career as a Tattoo Artist was something that I had never anticipated. I quickly learned the basics of tattooing, how to put together and take apart the tattoo machines, what kind of ink to use, what kind of needles to use, etc. I would describe my style as surrealistic/gothic. My style involves a lot of realism, but I like to incorporate different abstract elements to my work, mainly gothic architecture. I am based out of Dallas, Texas.
Liz Cook: Artist and tattooer based out of Dallas TX. Specializing in Realism, Portraits, Horror, Pin Ups. 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.
Jack Rudy is an American tattoo artist notable for his reinvention of the ‘Black and Gray’ style of tattooing, realistic portraits, and single-needle use. He is considered to be one of the top tattoo artists in the world. After leaving the Marines in 1975, Rudy began his career as an apprentice at Goodtime Charlie’s Tattooland, in East Los Angeles under Charlie Cartwright. His very distinct and distinguishable style is renowned for its masterful use of light and dark shades of varying degrees of black and grey. He is the owner of Tattooland, an ‘old school’ street shop, located in Anaheim, California.
My name is Samuel Flores but tattooing I am known as El Pelavacas. I started tattooing since 2005 working around few shops throughout Milwaukee landing me here at Rockstar Tattoo &Co. I’ve been an artist since I was young. My style consists of black and grey, realism and new school. When it comes to laying the ink into the skin, I always put my best into every piece I do!