Artists: Carlos Torres’s Timeline Gallery
Carlos Torres’s Timeline Gallery
1117 S. Pacific Ave.
San Pedro, CA 90731
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What inspired you to open Timeline Gallery?
Carlos Torres: Opening Timeline Gallery was a collaborative effort between Jed, Alan and myself. We wanted to create a place with an art gallery feel, as we all enjoy focusing on our art, whether that’s tattoos or paintings.
What sets Timeline Gallery apart from the average tattoo shop?
Ryan Needles: There are very few shops, if any that have so much incredible talent ranging in so many different unique styles. It’s an over load of inspiration each day, and with more than 80 years of accumulative experience it’s an incredible place to work.
Tanaka Yoichi AKA Horiyo: The customers and the tattoo artists really under – stand and appreciate the art.
Sergio Sanchez: The quality of design and craftsmanship, each person is such a great asset to the shop, the art gallery, and the lay out of the space is unique too.
Are there currently any apprentices at Timeline Gallery?
Torres: At this time we have one apprentice at Timeline, Sergio Tovar. He is the first apprentice for the shop and we are all working to teach him.
What have been some of the best overall shop experiences you all have had working together?
Torres: Some of the best experiences with the shop have been while we are traveling together. We’re heading out to the Empire State Tattoo Expo in a couple of weeks and that should be a good time.
Bob Tyrrell: Every day in this shop is an amazing experience! There’s so much inspiration here on a daily basis it’s almost overwhelming. Everyone here is an amazing artist and tattooer, they’re all amazing people as well. The vibe in the shop is awesome. Very chill and relaxed, a big open room where we can talk shit with each other and check out everyone’s tats. Every day I walk in and someone’s in the middle of a big black and gray masterpiece. I’m fucking stoked to be a part of this crew!
Jed Mardesich: There have been many. When the three of us teamed up to start timeline, meeting and working with these various talented artists both national and international.
What drew you to want to work at Timeline Gallery?
Alan Padilla: I wanted to have a comfortable work place/ environment.
Sanchez: It was close by [laughs]. Of course the talent there, who would not want to be around that everyday?
Horiyo: I first met Alan when I came to L.A. I was back and forth between West L.A. and Japan for about 3 to 4 years. I was working hard, trying to work my way up and a year ago Alan gave me the chance to work at Timeline. I’ve been hustling hard ever since.
What is the overall environment of the shop?
Torres: At Timeline, everyone gets along. We are a bunch of easygoing guys. A lot of us focus on art and we all help each other out, which is great.
Sanchez: Fun, chill, inspiring, creative, it’s a great space to work in. I love that it is open. I am not a big fan of working in a cubby hole with no windows.
Needles: Big open floor plan, high ceilings, dark hard wood floors, and white walls hung with amazing artwork. Sometimes it’s quiet, just one or two of us there maybe sports on the big screens, and sometimes it’s jammed, loud music and every artist station buzzing, not from just the machines but from all the people, artist, clients, friends, even visitors, tons of energy and intensity in the air from the incredible art and lifetime experiences the clients are going through.
Padilla: Trying to keep it creative and a family oriented shop.
Horiyo: Everyone respects each other’s work, we share jokes, there’s always a good vibe. I’m always learning.
What qualities should an artist have to be a part of Timeline Gallery?
Torres: An artist should be humble and strive to get better each day. Someone with humility and a sense of humor are a must. We all work to get better with each tattoo that we do.
Padilla: We want artists to have their own styles and be creative.
Mardesich: Someone who is able to get along well with others, which gives a solid effort to their craft and can tolerate a variety of music.
Horiyo: You just have to be professional and respect each other!
Sanchez: Good people first, I hope, and then a passion for art in general not just tattooing.
What styles of tattooing can be found at Timeline Gallery?
Torres: A lot of black and grey, realism, surrealism, portraiture and traditional Japanese (by Yoichi).
Horiyo: In timeline gallery every artist has their own style, everyone is different from each other.
What have been some of the top events or upcoming events held at Timeline Gallery?
Mardesich: Our grand reopening, Black and Grey’s Finest show, the variety of guest spots, and traveling tattooers we’ve had through here.
Sanchez: I always love when beer:30 comes around.
Padilla: The Black and Gray Finest, Timeline Gallery art show with some of the best painters and tattooist.
What is it like having a tattoo studio in San Pedro, California? What makes that location special?
Torres: San Pedro is a port with a lot of history. It has ties to historical tattoo shops.
Padilla: I feel San Pedro is like an island because we are surrounded by the coast. Everything is walking distance, the views are great, and it also has a great art community.
Sanchez: Not sure, maybe it’s the crazy homeless, constant sirens, and weed shop next door that keep things spicy around here. The parking is awesome too. But really, we are in southern California where the weather is always nice and we are one minute away from the beach, what’s not to like?
Mardesich: San Pedro is a unique place. I was born and raised here. It’s a peninsula located next to one of the world’s busiest ports, a beautiful scenic coastline, art driven community with lots of proud locals, and a big car culture following.