Tattoo Artist: Ronald Jacobs
Tattoo Shop: 1933 Classic Tattoos
Give us some insight into how you became a full time tattoo artist?
I had always wanted to focus on piercing and body modification but in 2004 I was given the opportunity to learn how to tattoo. I apprenticed under Marisa at what was then Tattoo World, and then spent almost two years in London learning from two amazing artists I worked with. I had to unlearn a fair amount of bad habits but the journey, for me, has been worth every single second of struggle and joy that I’ve experienced over the years.
What does the tattoo industry mean to you?
Tattooing means everything to me. It’s brought me to this point in my life and has brought me lifelong friendships. It’s taught me to never give up on myself and to never stop wanting something you are passionate about. Without the intention of it sounding too cliché, it really is a lot more than just a profession, it really has become a part of everything I am today.
Which style of tattoo to you enjoy creating?
I would love to be doing a lot more neo traditional work. I love the bold line work and have always loved working in colour. I have also been fortunate enough to do a few collaboration pieces with Rasty and totally wish people would get more of those. I also find great reward in being able to pull off good black and grey work, but if the choice was to do either or, colour for me, hands down.
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