Artists: ryback anguitay
What year did you start tattooing: 2009
Do you have any special training: I have been drawing since i was the of 9 years old. I try different art media just for fun. I went to college for life drawing and oil painting which i wish i have more time for since tattooing is 24/7 job from tattooing at the shop to going home and laying down sketches and digital work.
Tell us about the style of your work: i specialize in neo traditional japanese/Asian art and modern Polynesian/filipino tribal. I'm also reviving the traditional filipino hand poking tattoo from my province in the Philippines. The Ibaloi tribe of the Northern Philippines, tradition which has been known to be dated 200 b.c. from the ancient tattooed mummies of Philippines.
Conventions usually worked: musing Orange County,ca ventura,ca tattoo convention Baguio city, Philippines Dutdutan Manila, Philippines Inked out new Jersey Tattoo expo, Los Angeles
Where did you apprentice?: I self taught myself how to tattoo with the help fellow tattoo artist friends that guided me into starting my tattoo journey. Also all of my mentors I encountered from working at different shops learning different styles and techniques trying figuring out which best represents me. in theory I can't really say I'm self taught myself since I have been guided through my journey on becoming a Tattooist. I just didn't get the title apprentice is the difference.
What tattoo artist do you most admire: I admire a lot of great and even local artist from Horiyoshi, shige kawasaki, fernie andresTristen chronic ink, Bong tattoos, Whang-od the 99 years old tattoo artist of the philippines.I have a lot on my list but this guys stand the most since made big impact on my art and style of tattooing.
Before someone gets a tattoo what advice do you give them?: Before you get a tattoo I would advice people to be ready get some pain lol. As a tattooist i love having tattoos but I'm a pussy on getting tattooed or atleast now that I'm older everything when i was younger was a lot easier specially pain. Maybe it was just the anger and different perspective in life. But all in all i always tell my clients its going to hurt but try not to think about. lol.
How did you get into tattooing: I got into tattooing by getting tattooed, i've been getting tattooed since i was 15 years old. In the Philippines a lot of things are legal under age, getting tattoos is one of them. Tattoos has been part of my ancestors culture for generations. I use to see old folks having them in my province which is now getting scarce since the generation gap and religion that made it more a under ground and for criminals. Eventually around my 20's a friend of my tattooed me and i told him that I draw and sketch all the time, as I said that he suggested i should try it and eventually tried it another buddy of ours and it was a addiction. I couldn't stop tattooing and made it my hobby. I even tattooed for free just to tattoo. From there it got me wanting to learn more and eventually got into a proper shop.
What inspires you to be an artist: My family inspires me to be an artist, everything i do is for my family and proving to them that being an artist can be a career. Not just a hobby which i still considere one of my best hobby i can do all day 7 days a week if I can. Also knowing my ancestors were tattoo artist inspire me to continue my our traditions and hopefully pass it down to my kids if willing they'll want to be an artist.
What kind of tattoos do you look forward to doing: I love doing japanese/asian art type of style and polynesian/ tribal tattoos its just so much things to learn and change about it. u can't never make it the same. So many different kinds of asian art that you get mix and match. and for tribal learning all the different meanings and ways our ancestors did the tattoos is amazing.
Is there a tattoo that you haven't done yet that you are dying to do: i haven't done a full body traditional filipino tribal. someday hopefully someone will ask me to do a whole body traditional tribal either modern of traditional, given this artist submission gets approve they can read this fulfill my wishes.