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Inside The Ink Episode 2: Big Ant

In this episode of Behind the Ink by Skin Design Tattoos we meet Roberts long term friend Anthony. In this episode they reminiscence about the past, and the humble beginning of Robert Pho’s Tattoo Journey which started in Anthony’s Parents Garage in California.

Ant: How’s it going I’m Anthony I do the
Lazer tattoo removal at skin design and I’m also
one of Rob’s good friends since we were kids
we’re out the block right now this is
where we grew up.

Ant: I just wanted to show you a little bit of who we are, and matter of fact, I remember this one time Rob was going to tattoo me, and we all set up everything my bedroom upstairs had all laid out there he drew his letters on my stomach. I was smoking a cigarette; my mom opens my window looks out at us and says; “hey guess what you’re not getting
tatted today, but don’t think that I won’t throw all this out the window
right now, if you try to get tattooed.

Ant: And Rob’s stomped his cigarette out, and then after that closed up shop and saved me from getting tatted on my stomach and stuff.

[Anthony’s mother meets Robert again after so many years.]

Robert and Anthony walk back into the Garage and reminisce, where Robert’s Tattoo Journey first began.

Robert: So many memories about so many tattoos – so many
clients here at Ants house.

Ant: I remember we stayed in
touched like the whole time he was
locked up I had like shoeboxes full
of letters.

Ant: Every envelope had like drawings on there like
we could have fucked that’s just gold
and shit that we could have been sold.

Robert: Almost bringing like a little
feeling.

Ant: He didn’t want to be outside, he wanted to stay inside
and shit so we were inside the pad just
chilling and Robert asked “hey you want to get
a tattoo”?

Ant: I say yeah, let’s do it.

Robert: Back in the day, it wasn’t like money or anything like that, but it was just like the culture, and you know the art.

[Robert Shows a few pieces]

Ant: This was 1995 or 1995 piece by Robert Pho Yeah when I got out

Robert: Homemade machine built for my Walkman motor, a guitar string that we sharpened, and I don’t know where we got the ink but probably bought it somewhere.

Ant: Yeah, we went somewhere and stuff.

Robert: Cool to see this man I was telling
answered laser – so that you know we can
do like a new one.

Ant: But you can’t do it, man, it’s like it’s the first one like
his wife doesn’t even have the first one. I
got the first one, so yeah, this is this, and this means something to me and stuff.

Robert: So, Ant has been a collector of mine. He has like the evolution of my work. You know from a guitar string to the Hawks
balding Puma machines – to like the latest stuff, which is the rotary now.

Robert: So I kind of want to show some of that.

Robert: Guitar String Koi Fish

Robert: Coil Machine Dog

Robert: So these are just some pieces to test out you know during my time when I’m just trying to learn, trying to get a better experience with different things and Ant’s the homie, the canvas

Ant: Whatever you ever he wanted to do, I
let them do

Robert: Thanks to the homie Ant

Best Ideas for Father Daughter Tattoos

The love between a father and daughter is often such a special connection. No wonder a lot of people out there are looking for a way to mark this love in a permanent way. Family love is unconditional and therefore people don’t mind marking themselves permanently with a tattoo, which is a fantastic way to […]

Inside The Ink Episode 1: 71 Michael Dunlap’s Chavelle

Hey, we’re here in Austin, Texas. Robert came down to visit my home and tattoo me. This is the tattoo he did of the Austin Skyline and my 71 Chevelle.

Robert Pho has tattooed every single tattoo of my body. I’m very grateful and very thankful to have found him.

Not only because he does great art, but after talking with Robert, I spent hundreds of hours with him getting tattooed and talking about life.

And once I heard his story, I was just blown away because I thought well man my story’s pretty good.

I worked my way up from not a whole lot to become successful. And Roberts, like “Hey when I was 16 years old I was facing a life sentence, I got sitting into prison, and I spent seven years in prison “.

So my tale doesn’t compare anything to what he’s done.
So the amount of respect that I have for him, not only is the tattoo artist but just as a person in general.

I feel fortunate that I’ve been able to meet him because our past probably would never promise. But I’m so grateful that they did not because not only because I’ve got some of the best pieces I think in the world.

I get compliments every day every time I’m out; people say, “Hey, is that photocopy, and is that real?” I love them. They’re great pieces of art, and not only did I get all these beautiful tattoos, but meeting Robert and getting to spend the time with Robert has changed me a little bit because my past and his path are similar. But his is story is much more dramatic.

I have so much respect and now have a friend. And a mentor in Robert Robert probably will say he doesn’t like me. Some may say we’re not friends, but I do like him; we’re friends.

Everything You Need to Know About Vegan Tattoos

You might well be shocked to learn that getting a tattoo can often not be vegan! If you have recently gone vegan and want to get yourself inked, you can do so, but you need to find specific vegan tattoos. How are Tattoos Non-Vegan? So, what is it that makes tattoos not vegan? Is tattoo […]

Tattoo Pain Chart

If you are planning to get a tattoo, whether it is your first or you are just planning to get a tattoo in a new area. Working out the tattoo pain level before you go in and get the process carried out can give you less to worry about. You may be worrying about what […]

How to Prepare Your Skin for a Tattoo

There are a plethora of references about tattoo aftercare tips online. However, when it comes to pre-tattoo preparation, there’s hardly any. Or if there is, it’s likely not substantial. We think that only a few people really take the time to do some research and prepare themselves before getting inked. And that’s a let down […]

Best Ideas for Father Daughter Tattoos

The love between a father and daughter is often such a special connection. No wonder a lot of people out there are looking for a way to mark this love in a permanent way. Family love is unconditional and therefore people don’t mind marking themselves permanently with a tattoo, which is a fantastic way to […]

7 Questions You Should Ask Before Going to a Tattoo Shop

Let’s face it, once you get inked–there’s no turning back. Getting a tattoo is not just a huge commitment, it’s also life changing. So if you’re considering about breaking skin for the first time or finally completing that sleeve, you should start educating yourself so you won’t have any regrets. Realize that the experience of […]

To Tip or Not To Tip: That is the question

Quite frankly, no one always knows what to do when it comes to tipping. The whole tipping thing can be so confusing and awkward. When it comes to tipping situations, the following questions are probably involved: – Who and when should you tip? – How much to tip? – When do you leave it? Along […]

What No One Tells You About Tattoo Cover-up

What is Cover up Tattoo and How Does it work? As the industry for tattoos continues to grow and grow, and more people get inked than ever before, cover-ups are also on the rise. Very simply put, a cover-up is when you get a new design tattooed over the previous in order to cover it […]