Skin Design Tattoo Artist
LOCATED IN ORANGE COUNTY
Being born and raised in Modesto, California there was never a shortage of street art and Chicano-style influences. Dre grew up seeing all the older guys from his neighborhood completely covered head-to-toe in black and gray tattoos and he remembers thinking that there was nothing he wanted more than to be just like them. He spent the summers after school working in the fields just so he could make enough money to buy a knock-off tattoo kit from eBay. As his obsession with tattoo culture grew, he began spending all his time around the local tattoo shops, hoping someone would take him under their wing.
In 2009, Dre started his first real apprenticeship under an artist named Rabbit at Lucky Rabbit Tattoos. He officially began tattooing in 2011 and it’s been an uphill climb ever since. He originally started his style with Neo-Traditional up until a couple years ago when he realized he still had a lot of Chicano-style influences in his art, thus prompting a complete switch over to black and gray realism. Around that time, Dre moved to Honolulu with $500 in his pocket, hopeful and unsure of where this experience would take him. He spent the first few years living off tourists and walk-ins, slowly building his clientele into where it has brought him today.
“I am beyond fortunate to have been given this opportunity to be a part of the Skin Design team. 10+ years ago I remember buying tattoo magazines, seeing Robert Pho’s work, wondering how he made the tattoos he made, never even dreaming I’d be part of a team like this. I am so thankful for the people in my life that have supported me until now; my girlfriend, my family and friends who have pushed me, believed in me, and have kept me grounded and humble. It’s those who believe in me that make me never want to stop learning, growing, and ultimately being better than I was yesterday.”
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