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Miami, Florida, USA
got into graffiti in the early 80s when it was really evolving. It was
already around before then, but in the Miami area it really started
picking up at that time. My father was a sign painter and I learned
a thing or two from him. Then I started experimenting with graffiti and
I was eventually influenced by all the New York cats moving down to
Miami. I was automatically attracted to graffiti—I just loved all of the
colors and designs that went into it.
I ended up doing a prison stint for drug trafficking and while I was
in prison I still kept up with everything. I did about four years, from
2001 to 2006, and in that time I realized that even though I was going
to stop selling dope I was never going to ruin my art. I don’t ever see
myself stopping because I’ve been doing this since I was a kid. After
getting locked up I realized just how petty [of a crime] graffiti really was.
In prison I got a lot of respect because people knew who I was and they
ended up hitting me up either for portraits or tattoos of their names
and things like that. I already had it good and did a lot of tattoos in
Dade County Jail. It was pretty much a free ride, not to say it was easy,
but it could have been worse.
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Rossano ROSSI
Liestal, Switzeland
n 1989 I started painting graffiti. A very
good friend of mine introduced me to the
legendary rap crew Run DMC. At that
moment I realized that rap is the music I need
and the whole Hip Hop culture with graffiti
became a part of my life very fast. But Hip
Hop is dead. In the beginning of 1990 I created
a name with the letters C.R. ONE. The letters
stand for “Criminal Rossi One” and CRONE
was born.
2007 is when I started tattooing. At that
time I was struggling in my life. There were
only two options: go back to the fucking
military again or die. But in a fortunate situation I started my education in the coolest
tattoo studio in Basel: Fresh Up Studio with
my master and homie Mägge, the owner of the
studio. He let me do my art and the important
thing was that he always believed in me. That
gave me a lot of energy. After two years of my
education in the Fresh Up Studio I opened my
own tattoo studio.
All kinds of people want a “Crone tattoo.”
Even the police officer that busted me a long
time ago came into my studio and asked for a
tattoo. His words were, “Yo Rossi, I caught you
when you were painting the name Crone and
now there is shop in my village called Crone
Tattoo, please give me one.” With a lot pain …
ha ha.
In my studio the action is 24 hours a day
and seven days a week, with a lot of wild stories.
[email protected]
Crone Tattoo Studio “Monster of Art”
Büchelistrasse 11
4410 Liestal, Switzerland
EAZ one
San Jose, Califonia, USA
hile I was born and raised in New
Jersey, Union City and Fort Lee
is where I would spend most of
my youth. I started writing when I was a kid
because its influence was all around me and
impossible to resist. I have slowed down a lot
on painting due to dedicating so much of my
time to tattooing and drawing. I have been
known to come out to paint here and there.
I have been a bit more comfortable tattooing
these days so I have actually been feeling the
urge to paint again.
I have been tattooing for almost two years.
The catalyst came way before that though.
Over the years I grew tired of the corporate
scenarios that I always found myself in as
a graphic designer. I was successful with it,
working with huge companies like Pfizer and
Nintendo. I won a few awards for the company
I worked with but that was never the real me.
I didn’t feel comfortable having to “sell” my
design ideas to a boardroom full of clients and
explain why I did this or that. Nothing that I
was doing during my design career was “me”.
It was all a soulless shadow of me. My boy
Adrian Roots from our shop Scared Roots Tattoo in San Jose helped me more than anyone
else. He shared a lot of his tattoo techniques
with me. Even before we officially opened he
was showing me a lot of important things I
wouldn’t have known otherwise.
To me tattooing is art. If it is dope and
your artist is dope it deserves to be on your
skin. If you can dream it you should wear it.
There is no reason that a person getting tattooed cannot collaborate with a good tattoo
artist and come up with something great, with
or without meaning. “Graffiti” tattoos are one
of the things I feel most strongly about. If I am
creating graffiti style work on people I want to
be able to proudly say I did it. Some dudes are
tattooing really embarrassing shit graffiti letter
styles on people’s skin. I mean seriously, it’s a
tattoo, not a practice wall.
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twitter: @EazOne
515 South Bascom Ave., San Jose, CA
Detoit, Michigan, USA
round 1982 some kids from New York moved into my
­neighborhood and got me into writing. They would go back
and forth to the East Coast to see their family and bring
back pictures of graffiti art and tapes of Red Alert on the radio that
changed my life. But one of my biggest influences was my friend Tim
Jones (aka Trick), who made art look easy. We would both push each
other to be better at graffiti and art and were heavily influenced by
the New York scene through television, movies and music. You know
rap, breakdancing, DJing and graffiti—just a Hip Hop lifestyle.
When I was 14 years old I got a job at an airbrush shop and worked
there a long time; one day this kid came in and asked for a job. Since his
work was really good I talked to the boss and he got the job. We became
good friends and started to learn from each other. Slowly we d
­ eveloped
a style that had a street art feel and translated it into an airbrush form.
I was just doing what I did in the street on shirts; I never stopped
­painting and learning how to take from one art form to use on the
streets in my graffiti. My friend was way into that as well so I showed
him how to paint with a can and hit walls. We hung out all the time,
so when he left the airbrush world to go into tattoos, I made the same
jump at 19 years old. That friend was Jime Litwalk. He was just the first
and not the last to twist my arm to get into tattoos. Don Miller was a
friend who gave me a chance when no one else would and he set me up
with a job at Krayola Tattoos, where I worked for a long time.
The first year as a tattoo dude is hard. It’s not like a painting a wall,
or like anything for that matter. There is so much to learn about safety
for yourself and your clients, aside from doing good work. It took me
four years to feel like I was even starting to get the hang of it. I thought
just like everyone who ever did art and was good at it, “man I can do
that shit,” but I was wrong. This is not easy at all; it takes time and
it’s technical. That’s why anyone who does it should learn from someone
as an apprentice. That’s the way it has been done for hundreds of years
in Japan, so there is a bit of tradition involved in this. The first year is
tough and I had to be at the shop all the time to learn and not get paid
but if you want something you just have to do what needs to be done.
[email protected]
Twitter: @fel3000ft
XS Tattoo
105 East Second Street
Rochester, Mi. 48307, USA
Caolina, Pueto Rico
round 1999 I started writing. Graffiti
has always fascinated me, ever since
I was a child. I didn’t have the courage
to do it until I become 16 and I was freer to
engage with such an art form. Some years I am
more active than others but I never stop doing
it. My style is wild style. Straight up letters and
My writing style is more pure and totally
different from my tattoo work. However, I
have been adding a little of my graffiti style
into my tattoos. I want them to be different.
When I bomb in the streets I feel a totally
different mood and energy then when I am
inking in my studio.
I started inking in 2002 when I went to
college. I believe that there is compatibility
between graffiti and tattoo artists, they are
equals and have common ground. At least
that’s how I see it. I grew up in a movement in
which graffiti artists have a huge respect for
tattoo artists, some of them are inked. I think
it is a perfect fusion.
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Facebook: La Galeria Tattoo
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La Galeria Tattoo
Ave. Monserrate BA-20
00983 Carolina, Puerto Rico
FRanz JägeR
Copenhagen, Denma
[email protected]
Le Fix Tattoo
Guldbergsgade 18 kld. Tv
2200 Copenhagen N, Denmark
Facebook: Le Fix Tattoo
here I grew up there was not
much for young teenagers to do
except for smoking weed and stealing cars and so on. Then along came this thing
called graffiti and I pretty much got hooked on
it right away. I started out writing in 1984 or
1985. In the beginning I had different kinds of
tags, to be honest I can’t even remember most
of them but three or four years later I started
writing the tag “Faze” and have kept that ever
I started out tattooing in 1999—then
I suffered a knee injury that forced me to
stop working construction and seek a career
change. So it was more by accident that I got
into the tattoo game. The place I started learning was an old school biker shop where every
aspect of it was done in an old school way.
When I think back it was kind of crazy but
also fun to have been a part of that particular
period of tattooing in Copenhagen. So the
learning process for me was strict but also fun.
I do many different styles but if there is
something I am known for then it is that I do
it MY way. I’m inspired by various tattoo artists, especially old American flash art and later
on in my career old school Japanese style.
Kinjal MitRa
New Yok City, New Yok, USA
ack in 1983 I started writing graffiti
as a sophomore in high school. I was
always drawing comic book stuff in
school and two writers named Serc and West
told me on different occasions that I should
make my art a little more cartoon-like and
write graffiti. I filled two pages of loose-leaf
paper with names and eliminated almost all of
them but Micro stuck. It sounded very hi-tech
to me and at that time computers were just
starting to be used by the masses.
I was always an artist and over the years a
lot of people used to tell me that I should become a tattoo artist. I had also often wondered
about being a tattooist somewhere in the back
of my head but I had no idea where to begin.
As luck or fate would have it I was offered an
apprenticeship in 2006 by my tattoo artist
because he liked my drawings and preparation
(I had designed my own tattoo and photoshopped it on my arm for him to follow). I started physically tattooing in 2007 after
a solid year and a half apprenticeship.
I was extremely blessed to be offered an
apprenticeship with Anil Gupta. The mentoring process itself was awesome. I was 36 when
I started so Anil told me I didn’t have to do
a lot of basic shop stuff (sweeping, cleaning
etc.) because I wasn’t a young kid. I just sat
and watched the master at work, learning and
­absorbing a lot of stuff. I got to meet all kinds
of great clients, celebrities and had a great
time, including emptying a few bottles
of Scotch along the way. Anil also instilled a
lot of discipline and appreciation for the arts
and the artistic process in me. He was a professional, a workaholic and a great example to
follow if you want to be successful at anything.
My love of art is strong and I actively
search out and absorb new ideas and influences. I was unfocused and probably a lazier
and a less attentive artist when I was younger
but tattooing has made me a much more
­disciplined and appreciative artist.
I don’t know that I’m known for anything
in particular. I think I’m pretty versatile, I can
do letters and characters equally well. The
characters come from my comic influence and
my letters come from just working at it and
letting it flow.
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Inkstasy Studio
private studio, appointment only
Washington Heights, NYC, USA
far left: Taken from a design by Banksy, tattooist unknown,
photo by Jason Lefton
left: Taken from a design by Banksy, tattoo by Péter “Rozsdy”
Rózsás, photo by Krisztina Marton
below far left: Taken from a design by Banksy, tattoo by Norm
Wright, photo by Adam J. Tolman
below left: Taken from an Obey design by Shepard Fairey, tattoo
by Hillman, photo by Joe Morrissey of JM Photography
below right: Inspired by an Obey design from Shepard Fairey,
tattoo by Mr. Chris Sandoval, photo by Reiswig Photography
above left: Taken from a
design by Herakut, tattoo by
Dominika Ulewicz
above: Taken from a design by
Herakut, tattoo by Bob Cooper,
photo by Bea Wißner
far left: Taken from a design
by Herakut, tattoo by Sidney
Lopes, photo by Diana Oshiro
left: Taken from a design by
Herakut, tattoo by Gino Fuchs,
photo by Stephan Wilke
Luis Mendonça
La Linea de la Concepción, Cádiz, Spain
y first time painting on a wall
was at the age of 14. It was the first
graffiti ever painted in our neighborhood, La Linea de la Concepción. My crew
was composed of Dani Muñoz, Kaberna and I,
we were writing “sk8” and “rap for life!”. I didn’t
write much at the time since there were too
many limitations. I started painting aliens and
things related to Hip Hop culture. Believe me,
I was writing way less than I wanted to. Later
on I started doing jams and showcasing the
most respected graffiti artists from our area.
These days I don’t paint anymore. I am more of
an event producer and tattoo artist today.
I have always been into tattoos and all
kinds of sketches. I began learning t­ attooing
around 1996 or 1997 in a rock shop on
­Gibraltar, the English colony. I worked there
for many years selling clothes at the store until
the day that I decided that I needed a profession with which I didn’t need to work for
anybody else and could have fun at work.
There is nothing better than to sell something
(tattoos) that is eternal, for life.
I had a mentor for four years. He was into
simple and linear designs, with good style
and technique but not too artistic. I was into
realism, which I learned about through great
tattoo artists who inked my skin. I also learned
a lot at the tattoo conventions, where you can
meet talented and cool people and see many
fresh styles.
Every year I’m getting better, perfecting my craft and loving what I do more and
more. I see my ideas more clearly now and it’s
becoming easier to bring them to skin.
[email protected]
Black Dragon Tattoo
Coronel Cadalso # 2
La Linea de la Concepción
Cádiz, Spain
this spread: All tattoos and
the painting top right by Jeks
pages 178 / 179: Tattoo by
Maze on babakONE, photos
by Siniša Mazulovic
Madid, Spain
hen I was looking for a “place”
within the streets in 1990, I started
writing. The streets taught me
almost everything that I know. I’m still writing,
but I’m not as active as I used to be.
My first tattoos were made in 1996. Graffiti
changed my life; it gave me a new course, and
then tattooing simply saved my life. L
­ ettering
(the art of writing letters) is the style that
­defines me. I guess it’s partly because of graffiti
and also because I am very into the research
and study of letters and styles.
Everything that surrounds me is what
inspires my work. My style is changing as constantly as the rhythm of life and as I change
too. The essence has remained the same since
I started. I think the best of my work is still to
come. I challenge myself to get better every
day. Like the song says, ‘Looking For the
Perfect Beat’.
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Facebook: Posk Buenatinta
What is it like to be a tattoo artist? It
r­ equires a lot of discipline and study, it’s
always challenging. Tattooing is just another
form of art and beauty. Of course there is a
clear graffiti influence in my tattoos. But the
most difficult part of my career is to fully
understand each style and preserve the best
of each them, knowing how to find their
­differences and respecting where they came
from so I can use the styles in their purest
Buena Tinta
Av. de la Constitución 13
28931 Móstoles, Madrid, Spain
SupeR TimoR
Belgade, Sebia
ne of the first things I r­ emember in
my life was one of the first B
­ elgrade
graffiti pieces done in the late 80s
by an unknown artist, and it was near my
­kindergarten. Now I realize that all my passion
for art started there. I first painted g­ raffiti when
I was a twelve year old kid at the basketball
playground in my hood in 1998. I have been
writing actively for ten years. I am best known
for characters, but these days I’m coming back
to letter style. I hadn’t worked on it for three
years and now I am back with my new crew
MOFOS (Lortek, Tkv, Sobekci, Sito, Brik).
Five years ago I started tattooing. The
main reason for that step was my basic outlook on art, that is the energy and emotion
transferred through the mediums of p
­ ainting,
design, architecture, graffiti, and tattoo. I
didn’t have a mentor for tattooing. I think that
is absurd. Working in studios is a real prison,
like every other everyday job, so I quit that.
I just freelance. These days I work from my
homemade studio on my schedule because
I am also working on other stuff—trying to
make a total design studio.
I am trying my best to give customers the
best tattoo for themselves, while incorporating
it into the same visual concept as my work in
other art fields; but you know I wouldn’t work
on any satanic or hate symbol. Generally my
main inspirations come from Slavic art and
ornaments. A tattoo without any meaning
is absurd and actually everything has some
meaning, the bad thing is when the meaning is
wrong, since it can be a source of bad energy.
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private studio
above: Photo by Damien Sereno