Artists: Vinny Caggino
What year did you start tattooing: 2006
Do you have any special training: I am an artist with a background in graphic design.
Tell us about the style of your work: My style of work is versatile; I have the ability to do all types of styles because I tattoo many different people of different physical, cultural, ethnic backgrounds and desires, with their satisfaction as my main concern. I do however specialize in black and grey tattoos, and I strive to make bold, realistic and unique pieces.
Conventions usually worked: I have never been to a tattoo convention; but would not be averse to it.
Where did you apprentice?: I apprenticed at House of Ink, under a great local artist named Keith Tormollen.
What tattoo artist do you most admire: If i had to chose a tattoo artist who I admired, it would have to be a friend from high school in Heidelberg, Germany, Jessie Smith. To watch his accomplishments on InkMaster was very impressive; his ability to translate his new school style onto skin with such vibrant colors.
Before someone gets a tattoo what advice do you give them?: Check the spelling!
How did you get into tattooing: I got into tattooing because I was tired of what the streets had to offer me. After getting tattoos, I realized that my passion for art made me interested in the medium of tattoos.
What inspires you to be an artist: It would have to be my daughter, Ava Caggino. She passed away from brain cancer in 2012, and in her 5 years she taught me to live life for today, because tomorrow is not certain. So, I put 100% into each tattoo, knowing that it could be my last. She also taught me that creativity can make you happier than having money or anything in this world.
What kind of tattoos do you look forward to doing: I look forward to doing EVERY kind of tattoo; because of my military-brat background, I enjoy tattooing every style and meeting people from all walks of life and transforming their visions into reality.
Is there a tattoo that you haven't done yet that you are dying to do: Yes, a rest in peace tattoo for my daughter.