For this week's episode of Tattoo Age by Viceland, they've brought in "The Master of All Tattoos," also known as Chris Garver. Garver was a pivotal figure in establishing the NYC tattoo scene during it's prohibition in the early 90s and went on to star in the iconic reality show, Miami Ink. It's been 10 years since Miami Ink went off the air and it's about damn time that we revisted Garver on the silver screen. We caught up with the tattoo titan to learn about his documentary-style episode and how his life has changed since his last television feature.
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To catch up our audience, when did you start tattooing and how did Miami Ink come into play?
I started tattooing in 1988 professionally and was invited to be a cast member on Miami ink in 2005. I had become friends with Ami early in my career and I used to go down to Miami from NYC in the winter, so we used to hang a lot. He was approached to do Miami Ink first and he pretty much selected everyone he wanted to be in the pilot with him. I just went for the free trip and to catch up with my Miami buddies, not thinking anything would come of it, but about 6 months later he called me and said the show got picked up and we were going to start filming in 2 months.