Artists: Ron 570
570 Tattooing Co.
57 North Main Street
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701
What year did you start tattooing?
I started tattooing in 2000.
How did you get into tattooing?
All the wrong ways at first. I got into tattooing with no apprenticeship. A friend of mine who was going on vacation for a while had given me a bunch of equipment. I did some crappy tattoos on my friends and knew that I needed a lot of guidance and teaching. I wanted to learn the right way and learn everything I could possibly take in. Luckily, I found Robert Kunkle who was willing to guide me in the right direction.
Where did you apprentice?
I ended up apprenticing at Images in Brodheadsville, PA. It was an hour ride there and back everyday but I was willing to learn and it was a dream come true. I am still very grateful for all that I have learned and his willingness to show me the ropes.
Do you have any special training?
I’ve never had any special training in art besides working with other great tattoo artists. More recently, Dan Henk has been giving me a lot of guidance when it comes to oil painting.
What conventions have you worked at?
I have worked quite a few conventions in the last two years and I already have more lined up for 2011 than last year. I worked Hell City in Killumbus and it was such an awesome time. It was my first trip to Hell City and I can’t wait to go back this year. Durb knows how to keep it really art directed and this is why I enjoyed it so much. I also do Tattoolapalooza in Miami which is also one of my favorites. Last year was my second year tattooing at Marc Draven’s Spooky Empire horror show. I tattooed at the Philly, Baltimore, Chicago, New Hampshire, Richmond, Dallas and Texas conventions. This year I have quite a few lined up already: The Star of Texas in Austin, Philadelphia, Detroit, Electric City in Scranton, PA, Spring Fling in Wilkes Barre, PA, Ohio, Miami, FL, Hell City, Arizona, Paradise Tattoo Gathering in Massachusetts, which I am looking forward to very much. Spooky Empire in Orlando, Inkin the Valley in Wilkes Barre, PA. which is a local show that another respected shop in the area puts on and I will be joining them this year for the convention. These are the shows in which I have lined up as of now but I’m sure there will be more to come. I have a lot of other invites but it’s hard to be all over especially since my wife and I have two young daughters and a shop to run.
Have you won any awards?
I am proud to say that I have won quite a few awards. My favorite is the first place, Small Color from Hell City. It was really an honor to win that during my first trip to Hell City. This year in Miami I won three awards; Friday Tattoo of the Day, First Place Small Color and First Place Large Black and Gray. In Chicago I won Best of Show and a Tattoo of the Day. Plus quite a few more awards from Philly, Baltimore, New Hampshire and a Tattoo of the Day from the Austin show.
How do you describe your style?
The style that I like to call my own is more on the realistic side. My main goal when it comes to any tattoo is to keep it heavily saturated and very clean, so the tattoo holds up forever. I really enjoy doing a lot of horror related tattoos but I’m pushing myself to keep it more original. I’ve also been enjoying the black & gray lately. I have been doing more of it and I keep trying to improve it. I really don’t like to fall into a typical category but it’s definitely a realism-based style. I enjoy bringing my art to life.
What inspires you as an artist?
The things that inspire me as an artist are my family, other great artists and shit-talkers. I’ve pushed myself endlessly from the beginning and still have the same mindset to keep growing and producing better tattoos and paintings with every new piece that I do.
What other mediums do you work in?
Mainly oils. I’ve only really been painting for the last two years but I’m always working on a painting, if not more than one. I feel that I learn new techniques on every painting that I do. I’m always asking questions and this year at the Paradise Tattoo Gathering I am looking to take some painting seminars.
What tattoo artist’s do you admire most?
There are quite a few artists that I really admire. To start with Dan Henk who has been one of my biggest influences and friends. He has given me more guidance than anyone. I’m also a fan of Paul Acker, Bob Tyrell, Paul Booth, Roman, Tommy Lee, Nate Beavers, Kyle Cotterman, Pastor, Nick Baxter, Todo and my bro, Eddie B., just to name a few but the list is endless. I admire any tattoo artist who puts their heart into their work.
What kind of tattoos do you look forward to doing?
I look forward to doing the most brutal tattoos of my career this year. More black & gray horror related tattoos. The more offensive, the better. I will always love doing color realism but I plan on working harder on different types of projects this year, bigger tattoos.
Have you tattooed any celebrities?
I have tattooed some celebrities—well to me they are anyway. I’ve tattooed Richie Krutch from the band Wisdom and Chains, Ben and Chad from the band Breaking Benjamin and also Karl Kivler from the band Strength for a Reason. I’ve also had inquires from Kane Hodder about getting tattooed which I’m hoping will fall into place. Oh yeah, I tattooed some famous rapper’s girlfriend but I have no clue who he was, I’m not the rap type but they kept telling me who he was and how famous he is but I didn’t remember his name the next day so I just say I tattooed some famous rapper’s girlfriend.
Is there anyone that you would like to tattoo?
I would like to tattoo Paul Acker. He cancelled on me once so he left me a $50.00 Applebees gift card as a deposit for his upcoming appointment.
Before someone gets a tattoo what advice do you give them?
The advice I give to someone before I tattoo them is that your going to love this and I hope that you ate today because I don’t need you passing out. We have a lot of work to do.
Is there a tattoo that you haven’t done yet that you are dying to do?
I’ve been lucky enough to find victims for most of the tattoos that I want to do. There is one that I would really like to do: a portrait of Jesus having a really bad day. I’ll just leave it at that. If there are any takers feel free to contact me.