Artists: Jose Chalarca
What year did you start tattooing: 2004-01-01
Do you have any special training: undergoing training for a BFA in Illustration/Animation
USMC, USA veteran
Conventions usually worked: Inked out NJ, Asbury Park tattoo and arts festival, Wildwood tattoo bash, Philly tattoo convention
Where did you apprentice?: Jacksonville, NC
What tattoo artist do you most admire: Bert Grimm, Norman Collins, Myke Chambers, Seth Wood.
Before someone gets a tattoo what advice do you give them?: Do your research and make sure the tattooer you choose meets your expectations and specializes in the style you want.
How did you get into tattooing: While stationed in Camp Lejeune, NC.
Yeah, I'm a Jarhead!
What inspires you to be an artist: everyday life and the desire to learn from people I look up to. I am a firm believer that if you want to progress in your artwork, then you must keep an open mind and always push yourself to reach a new level.
What kind of tattoos do you look forward to doing: Any traditional stuff, or anything that is deeply rooted on the basics of traditional tattooing, even if it is illustrative.
Is there a tattoo that you haven't done yet that you are dying to do: I am constantly working on paintings and flash, so I have a lot of cool stuff that I would like to tattoo some day, I just keep on piling on cool designs.