Chicano tattoos are iconic. Deeply ingrained with the powerful history of Mexican-American culture, each image is imbued with a myriad of symbolic meanings. It's an aesthetic that resonates with many, which is why, in part, the style has garnered so much attention from tattoo collectors and tattooists around the globe.
What is your artistic background? Did you always want to be a tattooer and how did you get into tattooing?
Who are your artistic heroes, tattooists or not? Are there any films, books, visuals, that inspire you?
Many tattooists, I think, have a specific idea or philosophy behind their work. What would you say yours is? How would you describe a good tattoo or shop? How would you define success?
Chicano style has become a huge trend, but can you talk about what the style means to you? What are your favorite designs, and why, from this cultural aesthetic?
Beyond art and tattoos, what are you really passionate about? What can you not live without? What would you be doing if you weren’t tattooing?