Hotspots reached out to local tattoo artists and asked them to share their favorite ink. Here is what they said:
Joel Josselyn of Electric Street Tattoo
It’s my favorite because Roger and I became best friends through the project.
Alex Joelle of Electric Street Tattoo
It’s my favorite because historically pin up tattoos have been females, but I’ve been able to reinvent the genre to appeal to a different demographic.
Miguel Valentin of Ink Addiction 2
This is one of my favorite tattoos for a few reasons. The first reason is that this client was a tattoo “virgin,” which is my specialty. We started with the dragonfly, then added the Dragon then the Lion! It was a challenge, but I believe I was able to coordinate each piece to make it pleasing to view.
Gabe Jaksic of Oriana Tattoo
My favorite tattoo ever, in my 30+ years career in the tattoo industry, was the first tattoo given to my son Ian, before his deployment in the navy. It was really a rite of passage for him, and an honor for me not only for his service, but for allowing me to tattoo him. To me, it has always felt like all my years in the industry came to a conclusion when I was able to tattoo my son for his first time, and a sailor! Continuing with the old tattoo tradition of being the sailors, the ambassadors of tattooing!
Jake Metivier of Ink Addiction 2
I have been tattooing for nine years. The tattoo attached is probably my favorite because it contains both black and grey work as well as color saturation. The tattoo was requested by the client to cover a huge scar.