Down on the lively thoroughfare that is SW 8th Street, you might stumble across a colorful neighborhood just outside Little Havana where strip-malls reign king, and pink stucco is a lifestyle. Calle Ocho is the name. Palm trees dot long avenues of store-fronts, barbershops and beauty salons — a healthy mix of merengue and Pitbull pour out of the windows of cars that whiz by. Nestled in this one-of-a-kind neighborhood is a modest two story tattoo studio that is home to some of the cleanest, finest tattooing South Florida has to offer.
In his younger days Betancourt graduated High School early at the age of 16, all the while in dual-enrollment taking college pre-med classes. A whiz kid for real.
Do you remember your first experience with tattoos?
Were you ready to take over the shop at that point? Was it a sudden passing?
Traditional tattooing is noticeably your primary method of work, when did you begin to gravitate more towards the style you do?
What values in tattooing do you hold sacred?