1. The Tattoo Age Trailer
2. DAN SANTORO – New York City
Dan Santoro, painter, tattooer, and antique dealer, has many interests that all contribute to his highly creative style of tattooing. Dan has a penchant for folk art influenced tattoos, works at a store in Brooklyn with his wife where they sell coffee, records, antique lithographs and taxidermy, and runs his shop, Smith Street Tattoo Parlor, with four of his best friends.
3. GRIME – San Francisco
Grime is the hardest working man in tattooing. Known all over the world for his graphic style, Grime takes the most common subjects and transforms them into aweing images. Grime first cut his teeth in the tattoo world in the 90s in San Francisco, working with greats such as Ed Hardy and Marcus Pacheco. He now owns his own studio, Skull and Sword, where he works alongside Henry Lewis, Yutaro Sakai, and Lango, the “Brazilian Panda.” When Grime is not tattooing, he is publishing books on everything from the L.A. River to personal memoirs.
4. TROY DENNING – New York City
Troy Denning is the owner of one of New York’s premier tattoo parlors, Invisible NYC, as well as the owner of one of the most unique styles. Troy seeks to go beyond the work of other Japanese style tattooers, and searches for influence in the original Ukiyo-E masters. He has worked a variety jobs from mineworker to strip club security guard, all of which have added to his special outlook on life. He is a self-proclaimed karaoke master, and a fixture of New York’s Lower East Side.
5. MIKE RUBENDALL – New York City
Mike Rubendall comes from the colorful world of old school tattooing in New York City, learning the tricks of the trade from the infamous Frank Romano at a biker shop on Long Island. Mike has come a long way from mopping the floors of his teacher’s tattoo parlor, and now owns his own shop, King’s Avenue Tattoo, in New York City. Mike is full to the brim with tales of his varied experiences as a tattooer, from working on Damon Dash in the Hampton’s to watching his co-workers piss into a woman’s purse at a local bar.
6. FREDDY CORBIN – Oakland
Once the young turk of the Bay Area working with tattoo luminaries Ed Hardy and Dan Higgs in the early 90’s at Tattoo City, Freddy Corbin is now an elder statesman of the tattoo scene. Freddy proclaims that he is a spiritual man, whose shop looks like a cross between the Sistine Chapel and an old bar. He has battled addiction and dealt with loss but always maintains a positive outlook on life. Two years ago, he tattooed villagers for free in India on the banks of the Ganges River as a spiritual offering before the birth of his son.