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Tattoo Parlor



An exciting addition to the exhibition is an on-site tattoo parlor. Tattoo artists from around L.A. created Museum-inspired flash (sheets of tattoo designs), and you can watch them working in the exhibition on the select days below.

 

We have a limited number of appointments available during the run of the exhibition. November through January appointments are sold out. Appointments for February through April will be available early next year. Check back at the end of the year for the next appointment opening date. Get a preview of all the artists and offerings below.

 

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11/16/17 | 11/17/17





Eric Jones

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Port City Tattoo





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I am a Southern California artist, working and residing in Costa Mesa.  I specialize in the style known as American Traditional, the imagery associated with sailors and/or the military.  Going on twenty years in the tattoo industry, I have been fortunate to live and work in New York, as well as travel and work in Western Europe and Scandinavia.  The art of tattooing has been and continues to be my outlet for expression, whether on paper or skin, allowing me to integrate contemporary concepts with timeless imagery.  



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11/18/17 | 11/19/17

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Brynne Palmer

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Gold Rush Tattoo





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Brynne Palmer has been tattooing for nearly 14 years. She started with an apprenticeship under Christine Nelson at Tattoo Mania in Hollywood. Over the years she has met many amazing artists, learned many styles, and has been fortunate to travel the world. She attributes these experiences to being well rounded in most styles of tattooing, but American traditional and color are her specialty. Brynne currently resides in Costa Mesa and works at Gold Rush Tattoo.



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11/25/17 | 11/26/17

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Lindsey Carmichael

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I have been tattooing since 1992 in California.  I’m very proud to say I learned to tattoo from Rick Spellman, Orange County California tattoo legend and the man responsible for all the tattoos on Black Flag and The Misfits in the early 80s.  I continue to follow his lead in my approach today.  I travel and tattoo in Europe with my tattoo friends and brothers every year and have worked conventional all around the world.  The state of tattooing is at the exact same time constantly changing and still as it’s always been.  I try to keep my work at the center of all of that, while retaining my own look and aesthetic.

 

Tattoo styles: Black and Gray, Old School, Traditional, Religious, Abstract



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12/2/17 | 12/3/17

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Henry Lewis

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In constant determination to perfect his craft, tattooer and painter Henry Lewis lives to work and works to live. His mix-matched taste of art, culture and music, the latter influenced by his late father, jazz musician Juno Lewis, mirrors his experience as a bicultural kid, the fourth of fourteen children growing up in the melting pot of Los Angeles. Born in Pasadena, California in 1977, Henry Lewis moved to San Francisco in 2000 to pursue a career in tattooing, illustration, and painting. He draws on a broad range of influences, which includes fellow tattooers and contemporaries, such as Don Hardy, Mike Davis and Jason Schroeder to the art historical works of Jean-Michel Basquiat, Peter Paul Reubens, and Gian Lorenzo Bernini.



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12/9/17 | 12/10/17

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Louie Perez

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Shamrock Social Club














LPIII’s carrer in the tattoo industry began in 1999. However, his career in commercial illustration began as early as age 12 drawing logos for the seminal LA band Los Lobos. After receiving a fine art degree he honed his skills while traveling the world with his friend, the legendary and world class tattoo machine builder, Dan Dringenberg . This road led him to being asked to work at Mark Mahoney’s Shamrock Social Club in Hollywood, CA where he has been working for the last 7 years. LPIII has collaborated with everyone from Lucasfilm to LACMA. He draws influence from growing up in Southern California, to his many years traveling, as well as his time playing in So Cal punk bands. He continues to work at Shamrock Social Club as well as operating Tip Top Tattoo in Fullerton, CA.



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12/16/17 | 12/17/17

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Jason Schroder

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Incognito Tattoo














Jason Schroder AKA Mr. Incognito, has entered his 27th year tattooing and is still as exited to make new work as the first day he started. Jason's work has moved to very intricate black work, and highly detailed etching, engraving style. Jason’s love of the natural world and natural sciences has led him to base many of the drawings for this exhibit from existing exhibits at the NHMLA in Los Angeles.

 


Mr. Incognito along with his lovely wife Kristin AKA Spitfire Girl are avid travelers and entrepreneurs with two LA based gift stores and an Austin based design and manufacturing branch of their highly highly successful brand SPITFIRE GIRL.



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12/30/17 | 12/31/17

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Aaron Torres

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Gold Rush Tattoo














Born and raised in El Paso, Texas, Aaron moved to Southern California in his early teens. Growing up down the street from Showcase Theatre in Corona, a landmark to local hardcore and punk music, Aaron was soon influenced by the D.I.Y. mentality of the scene. Receiving his first tattoo from Colin Dowling at the age of 18, Aaron was instantly committed to getting tattooed and learning about the tradition. After moving to Costa Mesa with his good friend and original Gold Rush apprentice, TIm McAlary, Aaron landed a job as shop helper and found a love for tattooing. Using the knowledge he gained as shop helper, he was able to progress seamlessly into the role of apprentice. Over the years, Aaron has had the support and guidance of many great artists, who have helped turn him into the tattooer he is today. While his main focus is american traditional he loves the challenge of other styles of artwork, nothing being too big or too small.



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1/6/18 | 1/7/18

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Jojo Ackermann

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Ten Thousand Waves Tattoo Gallery





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Jojo Ackermann is a Southern California tattoo artist who got his first interest in tattoos from his uncle, a Vietnam veteran green beret who wore a skull and a buzzard on his forearm. Although his mother is an oil painter and muralist, his father an engineer and craftsman, he chose a different path.

 


Later as formative teen years would lead to rebellion and punk rock in the early mid-1980s the tattoo bug bit once again as images from bands of that era seemed adaptable as tattoos. He still wears his first hand-poked tattoo by the late, great Kenny Scholefield done in 1985.

 


After doing punk tattoos on friends and getting tattooed at the local tattoo shop. In 1992 he was offered a real deal apprenticeship with Mike Pike, whose family was in the business since the 1960s.

 


This was a turning point and soon conventions all over America and the globe would soon make their impressions on him. The trips to San Francisco, New York, Miami, Brazil, Japan, France, England, Italy, Canada, Ireland and many others helped educate and add to the arsenal that he uses.

 


Although he is known for his bold east meets west style Japanese bodysuit style work, he is very diverse and can tattoo in most styles.

 


Today Jojo Ackermann has been tattooing for 25 years and can be found tattooing at ten thousand waves tattoo, a shop he opened in 2014 and co-owns with Tattooer Robert Atkinson.



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1/13/18 | 1/14/18

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Luke Wessman

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True Tattoo





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Luke Wessman came into tattooing in the late 90s as a working class Southern California surfer. Luke's career began apprenticing in a traditional style tattoo shop owned by legendary Dave Gibson, where he formed a solid skill base to become a great tattoo artist. Being homeless at 15 years old, discipline and patience challenged Luke, and drove him to reach his proclaimed “Self-Made” status.

 


Throughout his career, Wessman has ventured into various industries including fashion, television and streetwear, while always working to further develop his craft as a tattooer. For 10 years, he owned and operated a San Diego based Tattoo Parlor, and has worked with the best tattoo artist around the world. Wessman has appeared on TLC's hit reality shows Miami Ink and NY Ink, the cover of Inked Magazine, and, as a guest judge on Spike TV's “Inkmaster”. Luke resides in Los Angeles.



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1/20/18 | 1/21/18

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Juan Teyer

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Bob and Charlie Roberts World Famous Spotlight Tattoo














With over 11 years of experience in tattooing Juan Teyer is more dedicated to his craft then ever. Working and traveling first hand from the best in the industry, He has been able to skillfully put solid designs into skin, whether it be portraits of loved ones, nature paintings and sculptures from the old rennissance masters, and heavily influence tattoo imagery he loves it all. Fine line single needle is where he find himself most comfortable, He is currently working at Bob and Charlie Roberts World Famouse Spotlight Tattoo in Los Angeles and DeersEye Studio in Santa fe Springs, Ca..



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1/27/18 | 1/28/18

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Alex Strangler

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I started a tattoo apprenticeship in 2007 on the beautiful island of Oahu where I was living at the time. I was born in Anaheim, CA but I grew up moving around a lot and making art and being crafty was always something that made me feel grounded. It was something I did for fun and never took it too seriously until I started working at a tattoo shop when I moved to Hawaii.  I developed a passion for the art of tattooing almost instantly. I specialize in color work and enjoy tattooing fun designs with heavy pop culture references, especially cartoons. 



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2/3/18 | 2/4/18

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Robert Atkinson

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Ten Thousand Waves Tattoo Gallery














Born in 1969, Robert Atkinson is a native of Los Angeles who started his career air brushing t-shirts. In 1992 some friends chipped in and bought him his first tattoo kit. After practicing for a few years, Robert started working at Melrose Tattoo. In 1996 he was invited to work at Royal Tattoo in Denmark. After a few years of doing mostly tribal tattoos, he left Denmark and moved to Holland to work at Dragon Tattoo in Eindhoven. There he laid the roots of what would become his signature western oriental style of tattooing.

 


Robert settled back in Los Angeles in 2001. He and his partner Jojo Ackermann decided to join forces and open 10,000 WAVES TATTOO GALLERY in 2014.

 


Robert collaborates with his clients on the subject matter and composition of his tattoos. His greatest demand is Japanese inspired, large scale work, but he does like to mix it up and do different things. The main focus is making the design fit the body in a way that it looks as if the person wearing the tattoo was born with it.

 


In addition to tattooing, Robert started his shoe project in the fall of 2006. Each pair is handmade, one of a kind, special order. To date, he has made over 350 pairs. They can be seen worn by only the koolest people on earth!



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2/10/18 | 2/11/18

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Ian Jones

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Ian “Jonezy” Jones was born and raised in Southern California. He is an owner/artist at True Tattoo in Los Angeles, California. Jonezy started tattooing in 2001 after serving in the United States Army. He is multi-talented in many styles with a focus on traditional American and black work. His work has allowed him to travel around the world and experience many different cultures, which has influenced his style over the last 16 years. He truly enjoys meeting new people and trying new things. He is charismatic and his approachable personality makes him a friend to anyone he meets!



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2/17/18 | 2/18/18

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Lindsey Carmichael

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I have been tattooing since 1992 in California.  I’m very proud to say I learned to tattoo from Rick Spellman, Orange County California tattoo legend and the man responsible for all the tattoos on Black Flag and The Misfits in the early 80s.  I continue to follow his lead in my approach today.  I travel and tattoo in Europe with my tattoo friends and brothers every year and have worked conventional all around the world.  The state of tattooing is at the exact same time constantly changing and still as it’s always been.  I try to keep my work at the center of all of that, while retaining my own look and aesthetic.

 

Tattoo styles: Black and Gray, Old School, Traditional, Religious, Abstract



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2/24/18 | 2/25/18

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Lucky Bastard

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During the early 1980’s the punk rock and gang scenes were overlapping in Los Angeles. As a teenager Lucky Bastard was heavily influenced by both of these cultures. Having mainly older friends, Lucky was exposed at an early age to tattoos because all of his friends already had them. He tattooed his own hands while he was in the juvenile justice system, but soon after, he got his first professional tattoo. The whole deal changed for him at a dirty shop on Hollywood Boulevard when he got a skull and dagger on his upper right arm. “I was too stupid to realize it hurt,” he recalls. Right away he knew that tattoos were for him, but at this time did not know to what extent.

 

It wasn’t until Lucky’s second tattoo, from Joe Vegas, that he had really got into the whole idea of tattooing. It was not only something he wanted on himself, but something that he could do for a living. Vegas got Lucky an apprenticeship with a tattooer named Snickers at Long Beach Tattoo.

 

After working in Los Angeles, Lucky moved to San Francisco and worked at The Picture Machine for about five years. He then worked on Haight Street, before going on the road. In October 1999, Lucky went to Tokyo, Japan to work at the first Tokyo Convention. After this first trip to Japan, he continued to travel for four years without setting foot in America. Jumping from continent to continent, Lucky learned from the greats and worked for many people he respected and admired. His only agenda was to work and make enough money to get to the next country.

 

After spending many years abroad, Lucky came across a variety of tattooers and cultures. His travels allowed him to look at America from outside the country. The more he traveled the more American he realized he was. This realization lead him to pursue traditional Americana tattooing.

 

Traveling also opened Lucky’s eyes to other styles of tattooing such as Maori, Thai, and Japanese. Both Japanese and Americana tattooing have a deep bold style that Lucky is drawn to. For close to 20 years, he has been going to Japan at least once a year. In addition to tattooing in Japan, he is receiving a backpiece from Horiyoshi III. Working with traditional Japanese tattooers, it was natural for Lucky to want to study this style.

 

When he came back to America he noticed that the Japanese tattoos that Americans were receiving were not true to the style that he saw in Japan. As a result, Lucky decided to study it more and ask more questions every time he went back to Japan. He began adapting a vocabulary of Japanese techniques into his bold Americana style. “This is not a new concept,” Lucky admits. “It was an epiphany Bob Roberts had years ago.” When it comes to Japanese style tattoos, “I’m not trying to reinvent the wheel. I’m just trying to approach it in a respectful manner.”

 

When asked to classify his style of tattooing, he calls it “tradition with progress.” He credits Chris Garver for coming up with this phrase, but decided to steal it and make it his own. The late 80’s and early 90’s were an experimental time in tattooing. “People were trying to do this new school stuff,” Lucky says. He wanted to stick to the traditions of tattooing instead, and make real solid tattoos like Mike Malone or Bob Roberts. “That real roots traditional stuff where the artists were involved in the tattoo world, rather than just having tattooers biting each other’s flash over and over. Artists like Terry Tweed brought a certain sensibility to tattooing which can be seen in his eagle and panther drawings.” This is the kind of craftsmanship that initially attracted Lucky to tattooing.

 

The years Lucky spent hanging around The Pike in Long Beach, and working at The Picture Machine, really shaped his art to be what it is today. By studying Pat Martynuik’s flash and Terry Tweed’s line drawings, he learned how tattoos should look. He hopes to find his style somewhere between Pat’s stuff “which was pretty raw, and Terry’s meticulously refined drawings.” When asked to name the top ten people who inspired him, Lucky listed way more than ten. After convincing him to narrow it down, he sited Bob and Charlie Roberts, Joe Vegas, Chris Garver, Horiyoshi III, The Leu Family, Henry Goldfield, Chris Trevino, Hanky Panky, Terry Tweed, Mike Malone, and Sabado. That’s still over ten, but we’ll let him get away with that.

 

Lucky never really planned to open his own studio. “There were already so many shops that another tattoo shop seemed unnecessary,” he says, “but I primarily wanted to lend a helping hand to my clients.” In the spring of 2004, Lucky decided to settle down in the city of Orange, California. On Memorial Day of that year he opened Fine Tattoo Work. The shop was structured after Sabado’s Super Eccentric Tattoo in Nagoya, Japan.

 

Fine Tattoo Work is located at 745 W Chapman Ave, in the city of Orange, California.



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3/3/18 | 3/4/18

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Karen Costleigh

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My name is Karen Haze, I'm a tattoo artist in Los Angeles, California. I've been tattooing for over 10 years. I started working at PSYCHO CITY TATTOO when I was 19 years old. It was there that I was lucky enough to earn an apprenticeship with Jojo Ackermann and Mike Pike, two world renowned artists and two men who helped shape who I am today. In August 2011, I was honored with the opportunity to work at TRUE TATTOO in Hollywood, where I still remain and now split my time there, and back with Jojo, at TEN THOUSAND WAVES in Sherman Oaks.



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3/10/18 | 3/11/18

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Aaron Torres

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Born and raised in El Paso, Texas, Aaron moved to Southern California in his early teens. Growing up down the street from Showcase Theatre in Corona, a landmark to local hardcore and punk music, Aaron was soon influenced by the D.I.Y. mentality of the scene. Receiving his first tattoo from Colin Dowling at the age of 18, Aaron was instantly committed to getting tattooed and learning about the tradition. After moving to Costa Mesa with his good friend and original Gold Rush apprentice, TIm McAlary, Aaron landed a job as shop helper and found a love for tattooing. Using the knowledge he gained as shop helper, he was able to progress seamlessly into the role of apprentice. Over the years, Aaron has had the support and guidance of many great artists, who have helped turn him into the tattooer he is today. While his main focus is american traditional he loves the challenge of other styles of artwork, nothing being too big or too small.



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3/17/18 | 3/18/18

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Christina Hock

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The Dolorosa Tattoo Studio














Christina Hock Started Tattooing in 2005 in Canoga Park, California. She worked under Mentor Eric Evans til 2011, then moving to her current home at The Dolorosa Tattoo Company in Studio City, CA.

 

While working at The Dolorosa she has had to opportunity to learn from Chris Paez, Robert Atkinson, Alex Garcia, as well as the amazing rotation of guest artists from around the world that continue to visit there.

 

She draws inspiration from Music, Macabre and Creepy, to the cute and unusual, "the weirder the better". Anything from Skulls and the Occult, to cute cats, skateboards and pretty flowers with eye balls. Did we mention Ice Cream?

 

While she calls The Dolorosa her home, Christina loves to travel whenever possible.



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3/24/18 | 3/25/18

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Evie Yapelli

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Show Pigeon Tattoo





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Evie Yapelli is a Chicago-bred and SoCal-based tattooer and painter, and the owner of Show Pigeon Tattoo in Orange CA. Her work has appeared in art compilations and children’s books, and on fashion and collectible toys. Evie’s paintings have been exhibited nationally, and her tattoos are worn by collectors throughout the world.



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3/31/18 | 4/1/18

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Miles Foxworthy

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True Tattoo














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Texas-born tattooer, Miles Foxworthy, has spent the last 10 years fine-tuning his craft and deepening his respect for the art of tattooing. Miles proudly traces his tattoo lineage back to the old Pike in Long Beach, CA. Currently calling The Original True Tattoo in Hollywood his home, Miles specializes in American Traditional, taking great care to pay homage to all the legends that came before him. When not tattooing or painting, Miles can be found meticulously building tattoo machines out of one of his workshops.

 



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4/7/18 | 4/8/18

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Sean Arnold

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Bob and Charlie Roberts World Famous Spotlight Tattoo





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Sean Arnold is a tattooer from Bay City, Michigan.  Tattooing since 2003, he specializes in a naturalistic style that is influenced in fine line black and grey and traditional Americana, with gothic and minimalist undertones.  He draws inspiration in his work from wildlife and plants as well as traditional motifs.  Stylistically the work is executed in a range, from soft and delicate to bold and heavy, depending on the client’s preference.  Sean has worked in Chicago and Los Angeles and now tattoos out of Bob and Charlie Roberts World Famous Spotlight Tattoo in Hollywood, CA.



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4/14/18 | 4/15/18

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Lisa Bracero

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Los Angeles born and raised tattooer, Lisa Bracero has over 10 years’ experience in the tattoo industry. She served a traditional apprenticeship under Johnny 2/3s at Yer Cheat'n Heart tattoo, Gardena. Lisa has a diverse style but enjoys making bold American traditional tattoos with bright and vibrant colors. She is really focused on giving her clients not only a clean, vibrant tattoo but also an enjoyable, memorable experience. Lisa relocated to Yer Cheat'n Heart, Hermosa Beach, since it opened in 2010.



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tattoo-musee

This exhibition was developed and produced by the musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac in Paris.