SullenTV covered the first annual South Coast Tattoo Expo in Costa Mesa, CA this year. Host Bernadette Macias caught up with a few of the attending artists such as Flaks, Jacob Doney, Q and Tim Shelton! Check it out!
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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
Jacob Doney owns and operates Paragon Tattoo Shop is located just outside of Riverside, CA in the city of Grand Terrace. Specializing in traditional tattooing
Q: The ability to create art, be it on canvas, with your voice, or as in this case, using fire and metal, is not easily learned. It is gift you are born with. What is learned is the skill with which you use the tools at your disposal. Ironboneyard is a product of the creative mind and physical skills of Eric Quezada – also known as “Q”, the owner and creative force behind the company. Eric was born the middle sibling of three brothers in Ventura California in 1971. As a child hespent hour after hour drawing and sculpting. His father had an art background and would always encourage him to use the talent he was given. His father had a lot of tools in the garage so his imagination would go wild creating latex masks, wood carvings, leather tooling and eventually airbrushing. He continued to paint and sculpt, but it had to take a back seat due to the economic conditions he found himself in. After graduation he enlisted in the army for two years and when he got out he moved to Phoenix. From there he moved around a lot, always trying to make a living by using his god given talents. From airbrushing cars to painting murals in Scottsdale, he had finally found a career that would support him. He got the chance to study marble carving in Italy and toured Europe for a few months – truly an unforgettable experience. As a very versatile artist he taught himself to weld and sculpt metal. He found a market in artsy restaurants and commercial building owners who were eager to buy his work. In June of 2011 he started his own company and is now the driving creative force behind Ironboneyard.
Tim Shelton: I’m a tattoo artist, painter, husband, reader, thinker and a wrestler of arms. I have lived in CA for most of my life and have been drawing since I was a child. I attended The Laguna College of Art and Design and graduated with a BA in Illustration. If you are inquiring about commissioned artwork please email me as well. “A Day in Negativity is 2 Days Wasted” – HOLSTEINtm