As the old-school tattooer opens up a new shop, we take a look at the life and work of one of America’s greatest traditional inkers.
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“As a child I was obsessed with my best friend’s grandfather because he was the only person I knew who had tattoos!”
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Matt Ahn embraces the universal nature of art. “My art is a reflection of all the styles I study and am influenced by, translated in my own way,” he says. “All art is connected somehow.”
FUZI UV TPK: "I like to tattoo in unique places—streets, subway tunnels, art galleries. When I make tattoos in unusual places, it leaves a mark on the memory, not just the skin."
Lori Leven is not afraid to make waves for the sake of art. Though tattooing was illegal in New York City in 1996, that didn’t stop Leven from opening NY Adorned. Away from prying eyes, tattooers would sling ink behind concealed partitions while a jewelry shop (which would offshoot into a boutique named Love, Adorned in 2010) resided in the front.
Guy Aitchison and Michele Wortman receive collectors from around the world who want to be tattooed by two of the industry’s pioneers of contemporary tattoo styles. The husband and wife team are also renowned for promoting fine art and education in the tattoo community.