World renowned tattoo artists like Joe Capobianco, Eric Merrill, Julio Rodriguez, Tim Harris, Phil Young, Christian Perez, Jime Litwalk, Dan Smith, Patrick Cornolo, Jennifer Trok, Heath Rave, Sean Adams, and Scott White tattooed fans the night of the openings with their favorite designs chosen right from the wall.
Joe Capobianco is a refined artist in the field of airbrushing and tattooing. For over 15 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 Girl”, this style has directly correlated to his tattoo work, winning him numerous awards throughout prestigious tattooing events time and time again.
Joe opened Hope Gallery in New Haven, CT in 2003 and has since released 3 books, 2 full length DVDs, his own custom “Brickhouse” tattoo machine, a series of “Easy Glow” tattoo pigments, a limited edition vinyl toy, and countless prints and original works.
Joe tattooed fans at ALL Quick & Painful dates
Eric Merrill, a native to the surrounding New Haven area, has brought with himself a wide variety of imagery spanning from enhanced traditional tattoo based designs to the anatomical and macabre. Eric is recognized in the field of tattooing for his well blended, smooth gradient, color work has transferred his talent to the medium of watercolor. Eric saturates both the piece and the viewers eye, with stimulating color and texture unlike any normal conception of the medium of watercolor.
Eric tattooed fans at the New Haven event
Christian Perez started tattooing at the young age of 16. For the past 11 years he has worked at many shops in the CT area, meeting great artists and cool clients. He’s worked really hard in the last 6 years to better himself as an artist. The last few years he has been doing alot of oil painting and trying to bring that essence into his tattooing. His style is considered very dream like and kinda creepy at times. Christian has been inspired by the artists at Hope Gallery even before he joined the crew in 2010.
Christian tattooed fans at the New Haven and Miami event
Scott White was born in the era that brought us such life-changing things as Star Wars, muscle cars, & Black Sabbath. With an insatiable craving for chocolate milk and robots, his creative outlets range from photography to prop building & special effects makeup. He has been tattooing at Altered State Tattoo in Lake Worth, Florida since 1997. Specializing in many different styles, his favorite subjects to tattoo range from Biomech to graffiti & beyond.
Scott tattooed fans at the Miami event date
Julio Rodriguez has astounded his peers and clients with his skill and a wide array of subject matter stemming from traditional Japanese Iconography to uncanny works in the likeness of classic monsters of the silver screen and modern cinema. Mr. Rodriguez’s talent has worked its way from intense skillful tattooing into the medium of soft pastel, blending vivid contrasting color, and bringing 3-dimensional life to a 2-dimensional canvas.
Julio tattooed fans at the New Haven event date
Phil Young has been tattooing for seven years and started at Hope in 2008. Phil Young’s formal art training was drawing all the freaking time. Phil spends most of his spare time trying to combine painting, wiffle ball, Star Wars, and guitar shredding into one sport to be recognized by the Olympic Committee. And he will continue to tattoo until his dream of becoming a ninja astronaut is realized.
Phil tattooed fans at the New Haven event date
Tim Harris Begining his apprenticeship around 1998 at street shop called Just Us Tattoo in Naugatuck, Tim quickly became highly intrigued in what tattooing had to offer. After spending a short few years learning basic tattoo fundamentals, Tim packed up and migrated to the southern Connecticut city of Milford where he began working with Chris Harrison and the crew at Atlantis Body Arts. This is where Tim had revamped his surroundings with new artists to better progress himself daily. Working with such artists as Travis Crosby and Chris Harrison has added more diversity to Tim’s experience as a tattoo artist.
Tim tattooed fans at the New Haven event date
Jime Litwalk is a Detroit native that has recently moved to the bright lights of Las Vegas. Currently tattooing at the World famous Hart & Huntington Tattoo Co. inside the Hard Rock Casino.
Although Jime has had no formal art training, years of air brushing set his him on his path to tattooing and now he is one of the most renowned artists for his unique style.
When he isn’t painting or drawing Jime is a full time family man.
Jime tattooed fans at the Los Angeles event date
Dan Smith English born, I absorbed all aspects of British culture, most importantly music, before moving to New Zealand at a tender age. Growing up in New Zealand, I was exposed to a very unique education. Tattooing having the history it does there, sparked my interest early and after meeting Dean Parkin from Sacred Tattoo, my path was set.
In 2004 I decided to make the huge move to California. Working at Inflictions in Arcadia was my first taste of tattooing on American soil and I again, was able to stay busy and work side along stand up artists. As my band got busier I travelled consistently, tattooing on the road from the back of the van, to lush hotel rooms and everything in between. When home, I spent alot of time tattooing out of my private studio in Santa Ana, and of course frequent visits to Goldrush Tattoo in Costa Mesa.
Mid 2008 after returning from a tour and visiting ex workmate and friend Kat Von D, I was asked to join the High Voltage team in Hollywood and I accepted. I have been there ever since, but still make time to visit the people who have helped me along the way, and of course guest spot and attend conventions everywhere. I enjoy tattooing all styles, and am always attracted to a challenge, but prefer western traditional, solid colour, heavy black, tattoo looking tattoos. Loving husband to Skully. Father to kittens Veil and Ashes(mental). I ride Vespas and will one day fly a hot air balloon. I like Indian food and red licorice (not together).
Dan tattooed fans at the Los Angeles event date
Patrick Cornolo, Originally from Lockport, IL, has been tattooing since 1994 and has had the good fortune of working alongside some of the best tattooers in the business and continues to grow and learn from other artists. Patrick worked with friend Kim Saigh at Cherry Bomb Tattoo, just down the hall from his current shop for many years until she left for LA. In the Spring of 2008 Patrick opened his own shop, Speakeasy Custom Tattoo in the heart of Chicago’s Wicker Park Neighborhood. Speakeasy is one of the most unique tattoo shops in Chicago. The comfortable and relaxing atmosphere and exceptional customer service set it above your average tattoo shop. When opening Speakeasy, Patrick’s goal was to have a custom shop where he and his clients could be comfortable to create the best artwork possible.
Even with his Zen like Tattoo shop it’s his exposure to the Chicago punk scene that motivated him to carve out an artistic career for himself. He enjoys doing one-of-a-kind custom tattoos, and strives to stay creative and productive in an increasingly competitive industry. Patrick approaches each tattoo project with equal intensity, as if he were going to wear the piece himself. He hopes that this attention to detail comes through in all his artistic endeavors. When he’s not tattooing, Patrick will most likely be at home with his wife, daughter, and french bulldog; frantically trying to finish his art project for the next day.
Patrick tattooed fans at the Chicago event date
Sean Adams began tattooing in a college town in central Illinois, where he worked a few years and gained some formal art background prior to moving to Chicago in 2007. Two years later he was asked to join the crew at Speakeasy Custom Tattoo in Chicago and Black Diamond Tattoo in Los Angeles. Being terribly indecisive, he has spent the last two years traveling between Chicago and LA, making the most of both and eagerly learning everything he can from his peers. Stylistically he prefers more illustrative work, with bright colors and influences from traditional American tattooing to modern animators and illustrators. When not tattooing he enjoys painting with gouache or oils, and eating pizza rolls.
Sean tattooed fans at the Chicago event date
Heath Rave has been tattooing for 10 years in a few different cities throughout the midwest. He is very excited to now call Speakeasy Tattoo and the city of Chicago my home. He enjoys doing bold illustrative imagery that resides in the foundations of classic tattooing as well as portraits and anything else that suits the needs of the client.
Heath tattooed fans at the Chicago event date
Jennifer Trok has been tattooing for over ten years and completely loves her job more and more every day. She enjoys doing big bold color work and is very inspired by past and contemporary traditional tattooers.
Jennifer tattooed fans at the Chicago event date