Sullen TV and host Bernadette Macias caught up with some amazing artists such as: Big Sleeps, Big Meas, TattooIsh, Abey Alvarez, Josh Woods, Megan Jean Morris, Joe Capobianco, and Joey Tattoo at the First stop of the Rockstar Energy Inked Up World Tour Detroit – part 3. Check it out and Subscribe Now!
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Big Sleeps: After receiving his introduction to the world of tattooing in the late '80's, Sleeps has since come into his own as one of the culture's most well respected artists. He's collaborated with a slew of well-respected artists and companies including Sullen, OG Abel, Boog, Norm, Slick and Dissizit in a variety of critically acclaimed and commercially successful mediums. Sleeps maintains a humble, community-based mindset, speaking to local Los Angeles at-risk youth and working with Second Chance, a company which works with Homeboy Industries to give rehabilitated former prisoners employment opportunities.
Big Meas: All of the years of writing graffiti has definitely impacted Big Meas' fascination with drawing letters. Lettering requires a certain skill that a lot of artists seem to never develop. He is not one of them. Big Meas takes his lettering seriously and gives nothing less that 100% on each and every design. His smooth strokes and steady hand have earned him a fantastic reputation among his clients and his teammates for being a class act at what he does. It also has set the foundation for his own personal style, being recognized and appreciated in the tattoo industry far and wide!
ISH was born on a small Island in the Caribbean called Curacao. Only have a couple years under his belt; ISH is a self-taught Artist. His Artistic Foundation transcends from various forms of Education, Culinary Arts, Architecture education, Surreal Art, Digital Art, Airbrushing and many more. Ish has also studied the techniques of Salvador Dali, Rembrandt, DaVinci and Micheal Angelo among many others. Ish Specializes in realism, either color or Black and Grey. Most of his work is custom, freehand and involves a lot of preparation by the Collectors part and by ISH, as he calls it a "Collaboration by the Individuals involved"
Abey Alvarez – Born in East Los Angeles and raised in Pomona, California, Abey has a family of three kids (Trinity, Lil Abey, and Jayla), and a beautiful girlfriend (Jenna). They are the love of his life and his motivation.Abey grew up working in a barber shop since the age of 5 sweeping, cleaning windows, and shining shoes. Abey now works for Lowrider Tattoo, and he would not have it any other way. Abey specialize in Black and Grey (Realism).
Josh Woods: I tattooed in Buffalo for a few years than moved on to work at All Or Nothing Tattoo in Atlanta,GA. I was there for two years and have been insanely busy and drowning in art and the tattoo industry ever since. After I left Atlanta I decided to open Black 13 Tattoo Parlor in Nashville, TN with my business partner Doy Gardner. Nashville is an amazing city and and I'm proud to call it home. Doy and I are constantly working hard day in and day out to push the boundaries of tattooing on every level.
Megan Jean Morris, the owner, is a tattoo artist and a painter. She specializes in portraits, realism, and surrealism in black and grey or color. In 2005, Megan Jean worked and studied as an apprentice under Adam Gordon at Mr.Adam's Tattoos in Farmington, Maine. She continued working at Mr. Adam's for five years while developing an understanding for the many different aspects of tattooing.
Joe Capobianco is a refined artist in the field of airbrushing and tattooing. For over 20 years Joe has utilized various techniques and mediums in order to create some of the most fascinating pinup style pieces, resembling those of the late 1950s with an added modern flair. Known as the "Capo Gal", this style has directly correlated to his tattoo work. Joe opened Hope Gallery in New Haven, CT in 2003. Joe is also the head judge on Oxygen Networks hit TV show – BEST INK.
Former Hoboken resident and tattoo aficionado Joey Germanario is hoping to revitalize the image of the tattoo industry with a new show on Spike TV called "Tattoo Rescue." Germanario, better known as Joey Tattoo, grew up in Hoboken on Hudson Street. Germanario's love for the industry began at an early age, getting his first tattoo a rose with his name on it at the age of 16.