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Finding Enlightenment Through Tattoos: the Work of Albert Martinez

Finding Enlightenment Through Tattoos: the Work of Albert Martinez
Tattoo Artists2 min Read

Alongside creating tattoos and traveling the world, this artist practices yoga and martial arts to find balance in his life and works.

Imagine tattooing at one of the most famous shops in the world and deciding one day that there are more important things in life. You quit your job, sell all of your possessions, buy an old camper, and drive across the country, your dog riding shotgun as you both scan the horizon, looking for enlightenment. 

An Om with sanskrit text surrounding it via Albert Martinez (IG—albert_integrity). #AlbertMartinez #blackandgrey #Om #sanskrit #text

An Om with sanskrit text surrounding it via Albert Martinez (IG—albert_integrity). #AlbertMartinez #blackandgrey #Om #sanskrit #text

Since first discovering the life-changing potential of Hare Krishna, Martinez has taken up other activities that shape his sense of spirituality. “Going deeper into the world of Bhakti yoga has reiterated how temporary life is and how attachment to material life and status is an infinite illusion — Maya,” Martinez explains. “Also the chanting and mantra meditation has allowed me to reach a more consistent meditative state.” For him, yoga and creating art are both forms of devotional meditation that enable him to peer through the superficiality of the world. 

An eye of providence with a touch of color by Albert Martinez (IG—albert_integrity). #AlbertMartinez #blackandgrey #eyeofprovidence
A mirror reflecting and Om by Albert Martinez (IG—albert_integrity). #AlbertMartinez #blackandgrey #mirror #Om
An ouroboros from Albert Martinez's body of work (IG—albert_integrity). #AlbertMartinez #blackandgrey #ouroboros
An ornate hamsa from Albert Martinez's portfolio (IG—albert_integrity). #AlbertMartinez #blackandgrey #hamsa #Om
A fine-lined dharmachakra by Albert Martinez (IG—albert_integrity). #AlbertMartinez #blackandgrey #dharmachakra
A lovely portrait of Radha by Albert Martinez (IG—albert_integrity). #AlbertMartinez #blackandgrey #Radha

To see more of Martinez’s body art, make your way to his Instagram. He is currently working at Ink Monkey Inc. in Los Angeles, CA. Should you want your own piece of enlightenment by him, call the shop at (310) 822-9138 to schedule a consultation.


Ross Howerton
Written byRoss Howerton

BA in Literary Studies from The New School. MFA in Creative Writing from NMSU. Staff Writer for Tattoodo. I love art, books, movies, music, and video games. Hit me up on Twitter @Powertonium

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