When it comes to tattoo realism, there are many factors to consider when choosing an artist. You have to look into their ability to keep proportions when working with contours – because there’s no part of your body that’s flat like paper. In addition, you have to look at their attention to detail, their gradient shading as well as the finesse of their fades. A good tattoo exudes all of these factors and in addition, you have to make sure that you work with an artist that best suits your style as well as your budget.
Of course, cheap tattoos aren’t good and good tattoos aren’t cheap, so be prepared to accept that you get what you pay for. In Las Vegas, there are a handful of great and talented artists, but when it comes to the largest assembly of the most highly noted, and globally acclaimed artists (under one roof) then look no further than Skin Design Tattoo.
Located just a few miles from the Las Vegas Strip, and a stones throw away from the Palms and Rio, Skin Design is home to the most sought after artists in the game so be sure to stop on by or view each artists online gallery and portfolios.
The best memories are often created by looking back to see how far you’ve come. While we won’t say it was easy to build one of the biggest tattoo shops in Las Vegas, we will say that it was a fun and memorable experience. While digging through the archives I came across about 100 photos but I chose the best and most interesting to share.
What a mess.
The bones of our artist walls.
It took roughly a year to get things going and much like a tattoo, we started with a blank canvas. During the initial phase I sat down with architects so they could realize the vision of Skin Design, and after finalizing the CAD drawings we were off and running. The entire vision of Skin Design was to create a workspace that flowed, so we tried to eliminate as much of the straight walls as possible – which is why you see so many curved walls. Some have said that our studio has an aura of peace and tranquility, and others have said that the place seems to flow with energy. Was this my end game? Not really. While I’m blessed to hear such great feedback, I just really wanted to create a studio that doubled as a hub of creativity. I wanted to make sure that it was modern, inviting and a place that people could call home.
Especially being in a town that’s ruled by glitz, glamour, luxury and sophistication, the end result was to erect a place that would fit in with the Las Vegas atmosphere. After most of the main structure was up, I had the help of many artisans including Ray Oropeza, from Oropeza Customs, he helped create the Venetian plaster walls that you see scattered throughout our compound and to watch him and his crew work was pretty intense. Here’s a few more shots that show it prior to moving in our furniture.
In the end, the build was a tedious journey filled with many ups and downs but it was definitely worth the wait. Again, I’d like to thank everyone involved in this project and while also thanking everyone from both past and present who supported Skin Design. Without your continued support we could have never achieved this level of a build and we look forward to seeing you all soon. Thanks.
Before I sign off all I can tell any aspiring artist or shop owner is that you have to believe in your dream. The glamour of entrepreneurship is often clouded by what we want to see on IG. But here’s the reality of it all, behind the shiny walls and the polished floors are plenty of sleepless nights, headaches, panic attacks and self doubt. There will never be a business owner that will tell you that it was all fun and games. No one is immune to the growing pains of business, but when the times get tough you have to remember that you’re not alone. There are thousands, if not millions of people suffering to realize their dreams, and we come from all walks of life. Just remember that we all operate in a state of perpetual uncertainty but if you truly believe in your vision, and have a passion for it, then stick with it and pave your own way.
Remember….Failure fuels success but complacency breeds a mediocre life, so stick up for what you believe in and I wish you all the best in your fights to fulfill your dreams, your wishes and your goals.
Aside from the Roseland Ballroom in New York (and Asheville North Carolina several years back), I can’t remember the last time I attended a major tattoo convention. Looking back, I think the last show I went to may have been Ink & Iron and that was way back in 2008 so it was refreshing to be able to hit up Musink this past weekend.
As with any show, I had the pre show jitters but once I got there I felt like I was back at home. With friends, family and familiar faces all around, it was good to be back and this years show was definitely memorable because I had the family there to hold me down. Although I was only able to attend for a day it was definitely a good time. I got to see a lot of old friends and meet quite a few new ones and all I can say is a lot of stuff changed in the years that have past. There’s plenty of new faces, new artists and it’s good to see that our industry is growing.
The mandatory surprise selfie.
I gotta say thanks again to the Skin Design Fam for holding down the fort at Musink. I’m honored that both Fernie and Vic took home awards for their work and it’s well deserved because they’ve definitely put in the time, effort and dedication to master their craft. Till next time…be blessed and we’ll see you all soon! – RP
Monte posted and ready for the next session.
You gotta love it.
More photos to come soon. Please check back in later….
We just updated Robert Pho’s gallery with a few new pieces. You can check out the new ink by clicking here!
As always…thank you for coming by the site and if you live in the Las Vegas area (or are visiting) then be sure to stop by one of the biggest tattoo shops in Sin City. We’re a full on studio complete with award-winning artists as well as an in-house tattoo removal center. From small to big pieces, we’ve got you covered in quality work!