On Point Ink
327 East Bay St.
James Ranieri creates amazing traditional Japanese work in downtown Jacksonville, FL. The artist decided to make skin his medium of choice after getting his first piece at 16—and he hasn’t looked back since. “Tattooing differs from other art forms because of its permanent mark and the impact the tattooer is making on someone. The client will remember this experience for the rest of his or her life, and that is so rewarding,” says Ranieri. After years of tattooing, Ranieri still puts himself in the chair every time he turns on the machine and goes to work. “I try to create something I’m feeling or would like to see tattooed on me,” he says. On his gravestone, Ranieri would like an etching of a traditional lotus flower engulfed with finger waves.