"Black and Gray" and Chicano Movement: Steve Soto
Steve Soto is a renown tattoo artist born and raised in Orange County, California. Oldest son of Mexican immigrant parents, he started drawing as soon as he could hold a pencil in his hand.
It was quickly evident that he had a talent for drawing and a deep love for art. He was particularly fond of graphite pencil drawings and portraitures. Steve needed to find the right canvas to showcase his skills.
As soon as he got interested in tattoo art he knew he had found the right canvas to express himself. He struggled to get going but Billy Dyson quickly took him under his wing for apprenticeship.
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Steve eventually opened his own studio, Goodfellas Tattoo Art and Design Studio, in Orange County California.
Steve has earned many awards, some of the most notable ones are: First place for “Portrait Black and Grey” (Ink ’N’ Iron, Long Beach, CA, 2006), multiple first place awards, and two “Best of Show” awards (Hell City Tattoo Festival, 2007-2011), “Best Black and Gray” tattoo (Barcelona Tattoo Festival, 2007; Tattoo Week in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2012;
Reutlingen tattoo Festival in Germany, 2012), “Best Tattoo of the Day” (Sydney Tattoo Show, 2010), and second place for “Best Black and Gray” in London - the highest regarded tattoo festival in the world.
Steve now plans on continuing to spread the “Black and Gray” and West Coast Chicano culture worldwide, a movement in which he is at the forefront.
“Hard work pays off, but also not forcing anything and putting positive energy into the world will allow the pieces to fall into place.” - Steve Soto