SESSIONS: Eddy Ospina's Bold Take on Classic Tattoos

SESSIONS: Eddy Ospina's Bold Take on Classic Tattoos

This tattooer has great affinity for his roots as he creates solid art that will last many years to come.

“I try to keep my designs true to their type, whether it’s traditional Japanese or traditional Americana, or even black and grey realism or fine line,” Eddy Ospina explains. Nearly 20 years of experience in the industry has shaped Ospina into the solid, versatile tattooer he is today. Able to execute a tattoo in nearly any style, Ospina’s the definition of “well-rounded.”

Originally hailing from Queens, New York, Ospina migrated south to Miami Beach where he eventually began his journey towards becoming a tattooer. Under the guidance of Emerson Forth at Circus Tattoo in 1998, Ospina began learning the ins and outs of what it’s like to work in a true, no-nonsense tattoo shop. This meant not only learning the basic fundamentals of traditional tattooing, but also the importance of being able to take on whatever walks through the door. This valuable experience coupled with his impressive technical skill has carried Ospina throughout his career, leaving a trail of beautifully rendered tattoos in every style imaginable in his path.

Despite being a jack of all trades, Ospina’s ability to do it all hasn’t stopped him from taking the time to master specific genres. With undeniable strength and obvious passion for American Traditional and Traditional Japanese tattoos, his work is defined by strong, black lines and super saturated color. Determined to stay true to the classic imagery, no feature is left unaccounted for and each is made with precision and care.

We had the pleasure of hanging out with Ospina while he tattooed this Japanese samurai ghost head on Five Points NYC’s shop apprentice Anthony Low, who considers Ospina his first real mentor. “Before he was my mentor he was my friend. He brought me into the fold,” Low says. “It wasn't his decision to give this [apprenticeship] to me but he made it his responsibility to make sure I deserved it, and that I lived up to what it truly meant to be brought into it. He helped to teach me not just the craft of tattooing, but the ethics and responsibilities that come along with it.”

Eddy Ospina splits his time between Five Points NYC and Scharff & Sons Tattoo in Merrick, Long Island.

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