Artists: Eric Ryan Galluzzo
What year did you start tattooing: 2015
Tell us about the style of your work: I don’t really have a specific style and I feel like it is constantly changing as I learn and grow however I really enjoy doing blackwork, traditional and geometric based tattoos. Psychedelics, physics, and gothic architecture have all greatly influenced my style of tattooing.
Conventions usually worked: I haven’t worked at any conventions yet, though I’d like to start working them next year.
Where did you apprentice?: Unfortunately I didn’t start off with an apprenticeship, I was self taught for a while and it wasn’t until I moved around to different shops that I began to learn more from coworkers and other artists in local shops that I became friends with
What tattoo artist do you most admire: It’s hard to pick one, honestly. There are many artist I look up to but some of the artists that have influenced me the most are Kel Reid who owns Mantra in Lancaster, Pa. Kel has helped me a lot throughout the course of my career and saw something in me from the very beginning.
Before someone gets a tattoo what advice do you give them?: At this point most people I work with are already fairly covered and don’t really need much advice but for first timers I always remind them to breathe and avoid tensing up. A tattoo feels like a tattoo, whether you’re relaxed or not but the process can go significantly quicker and smoother if you remain calm, also communicating any discomfort or uneasiness during the tattoo. Everyone’s body is different so communication is key so don’t be afraid to speak up if you feel like you need a quick break.
How did you get into tattooing: I was always artistic growing up. I was never good at paying attention in school and dealt with a lot of anxiety and restlessness but drawing and doodling always helped me get out of my head and focus on something other than feeling anxious. In middle school I would always get in trouble for drawing on all of my classmates. They would come up to me with a pen and tell me to draw something on them and I would start doodling and shading things I would normally draw on paper, on my classmates and I really enjoyed it. That was what kind of what sparked it. I began tattooing by knowing the right people I guess. I’m freshly 21 years old and I started tattooing professionally when I was 18 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Living in Lancaster, I had a strong interest in traditional and neotraditional styles and slowly gravitated toward black and gray/geometric. I really enjoy doing pieces that require all of my attention. Growing up And struggling a lot with anxiety and focusing, when I began experimenting with Geometric pieces that involved a lot of dots and lines I found myself able to tune everything out and get lost in what I was doing. It became my way of meditating when I no longer had the time to actually meditate. As I continued to build my clientele In Lancaster I started wanting to branch out. My best friend, Lizz Raffa who works at Kingdom Ink in Lititz, Pa, had a guest spot scheduled at Bloodlines Gallery in Pittsburgh back in November 2017 and asked me if I wanted to join. I fell in love with the city and saw a ton of potential to expand as an Artist so in April of 2018 I packed up and moved by myslef to work at Bloodlines Gallery in Pittsburgh Where I currently reside.
What inspires you to be an artist: Phychedelics, Physics, architecture and sacred geometry. Im also inspired by poetry, growing up I used to have notebooks full of writings. From poems to notes I would jot down while reading books. Also, Connection. Meeting different people, getting to know every different face and story. Movement, growth, and energy.
What kind of tattoos do you look forward to doing: Im still at the very beginning of my career and have a TON of different styles I’d like to learn. I’m really looking forward to doing more large scale geometric pieces. Sleeves/back pieces. I also really want to start, in the near future, incorporating black and gray realism with my geometric pieces.
Is there a tattoo that you haven't done yet that you are dying to do: I am dying to do a full black and gray back piece that’s completely geometric based, with some gothic architecture and pointillism mixed into it.