In an industry filled with rivalries and backbiting, few tattooers are as universally beloved as Robbie Ripoll. It only takes a couple of words with Ripoll to notice the relentless positivity that radiates out of his very being. It is that essence, that attitude toward the world, that helped Ripoll persevere after a horrific accident that ultimately led to the amputation of his leg. Last year at the Philadelphia Tattoo Convention, he told us the entire story: from the accident through recovery to the decision to amputate and beyond. Robbie’s infectious positivity shines through during even the darkest moments of his tale, proving that even incredible misfortune is unable to shake his outlook on life.