There’s a reason why so many have referred to artist Robert Pho as a master tattooist.

Asian style tattoos have long been a staple in the world of tattoo. Regardless if the work is done in black and grey or color, it’s not necessarily the medium which dictates it’s impact, but the style. Asian art in itself is unique because of the ritualistic images and mediums found in the art. There’s a rich cultural heritage behind the imagery, and it comes as no surprise that this timeless style has impacted the lives of many.

The tattoo above was done by Robert Pho and his work speaks for itself. The central focus of the tattoo is the Chinese guardian lion, which is often referred to as an Imperial Guardian Lions or in Western culture as a “Foo Dog”. The lion has become common sight and the lion is said to safeguard the health and wealth of those who own or wear one.

They were traditionally found in front of Imperial palaces, Imperial tombs, government offices, temples, and the homes of government officials and the wealthy, from the Han Dynasty (206 BC-AD 220), and were believed to have powerful mythic protective benefits. They are also used in other artistic contexts, for example on door-knockers, and in pottery. Pairs of guardian lion statues are still common decorative and symbolic elements at the entrances to restaurants, hotels, supermarkets and other structures, with one sitting on each side of the entrance.




Considered by many to be the SuperBowl of tattoo conventions, we’re happy this duo took home the win!


We’d like to send a big congratulatory shout out to Greg (@rocknrollbarbershop), and Fernie Andrade for taking home 1st in the category of “Best Black & Grey” at the London Tattoo Convention! The event, which went down this past weekend, is considered by many to be the “Superbowl” of all shows, and it’s an honor to see both of these gentlemen take it home.


Photos courtesy of @rocknrollbarbershop

Teddy Boy Greg mentions that this is the “proudest moment in [his] tattoo collecting life’s journey” and continues by saying, “I’m just the collector and the greatest reward for me…is being able to win this award for my artist Fernie Andrade. I entered to win this for him and now I’m bringing back to America this surfboard to put on his wall at Skin Design Tattoo in Las Vegas”.

To read these quotes by Greg shows you the strength and bond between tattoo collector and artist. It’s a commonly seen bond which defines the tattoo community, and whereas most art is purchased and hung on a wall, tattooing is one of only a few segments of the art community which is able to have its canvas travel with an artists work. In essence, tattoos become a collective project that requires countless hours of time, money, and pain, and in the end this it’s the actual process of completion which creates that significant bond and chemistry. When you boil it all down to basics, our community is about camaraderie and pride, and while our industry might be plagued with its fair share of drama and smack talk, all of it is turned off, tuned out and overshadowed by the unity and artistry of our craft.

Once again, congratulations to these two gentlemen on a win that’s well deserved. After countless hours of work, it’s finally paid off.

Now if only the those damn Cowboys won…it would have been the ultimate weekend for Fernie. LOL…sorry we had to throw that in there homie. 


Here’s a few more humbling words from Greg,

“Fernie is one of the best and most humble hard working artists in the tattoo industry. He busts his ass daily for his family and puts out some of the best black n grey on this planet ! So its well deserved for him to win in Europe! Out of all my work he’s my main artist and it feels fucking amazing to be able to give him this award for his hard work. I’m truly proud to have Fernie Andrade’s work in my collection and I know this award will make him very proud as well ! We did it homie! All those hours of pain and dealing with my ass paid off lol and now u need to start being at europe conventions cuz i see this the first of many of awards you will win in europe in future !now to figure out how to get this surf board back on plane in to losangeles then to its new home in las vegas to hang on his wall !!!!!!!!!” ~Teddy Boy Greg