December last year the previous shop I worked at closed down and being a fresh tattooer on the scene I was incredibly nervous if I’d be able to find a new place to call home. At this time I was also so fucked emotionally that it seemed like everything around me was crumbling down. I literally had no idea what I was going to do. A few days later I was given the contact info for Rich Fie and gave him a call. We chatted for a bit and he told me to swing by R&D. The next day I had a job. Over the past year he’s helped me grow as a tattooer, always pushing me to move forward (whether he realizes it or not.) His style and work ethic is so raw that I’m amazed on a daily basis at how true to the game he is. Even though I have nowhere near the experience as everyone else I work with, I’m treated as a complete equal. With everyone making posts about who taught them and me being the asshole who snuck in the back door, I’m making a post about who made me feel like I’m working towards being a contender. With that being said, check out this painting that @richfie did the other day. It’s fucking incredible. Also follow the shop @rdtattoo and my other buds @davemowers and @crazysteviewells. Thanks guys!

December last year the previous shop I worked at closed down and being a fresh tattooer on the scene I was incredibly nervous if I’d be able to find a new place to call home. At this time I was also so fucked emotionally that it seemed like everything around me was crumbling down. I literally had no idea what I was going to do. A few days later I was given the contact info for Rich Fie and gave him a call. We chatted for a bit and he told me to swing by R&D. The next day I had a job. Over the past year he’s helped me grow as a tattooer, always pushing me to move forward (whether he realizes it or not.) His style and work ethic is so raw that I’m amazed on a daily basis at how true to the game he is. Even though I have nowhere near the experience as everyone else I work with, I’m treated as a complete equal. With everyone making posts about who taught them and me being the asshole who snuck in the back door, I’m making a post about who made me feel like I’m working towards being a contender. With that being said, check out this painting that @richfie did the other day. It’s fucking incredible. Also follow the shop @rdtattoo and my other buds @davemowers and @crazysteviewells. Thanks guys!

Let’s do these, they’re about as Japanese as I get.

Let’s do these, they’re about as Japanese as I get.

I don’t have a cancellation, I just have straight up time to tattoo today. If you’d like to come in just swing by or send me a DM. Till 8pm.

I don’t have a cancellation, I just have straight up time to tattoo today. If you’d like to come in just swing by or send me a DM. Till 8pm.

I recently re-read an old article Ed Hardy did with Dan Higgs and figured I’d share a quote that struck a chord with me: 

"Traditional tattooing, or being traditional, doesn’t mean staying stuck in the past. It means nurturing something that came way before you because you deeply hope that it will continue way after you. It’s about being in the middle, not being at the end. You‘re not initiating something. nor having the last word, you’re just carrying it through, with the time you’ve got." 

Here’s a tattoo I did recently, next to one I spotted on an old 1%er done many moons ago. Tattooing rules.

I recently re-read an old article Ed Hardy did with Dan Higgs and figured I’d share a quote that struck a chord with me:

"Traditional tattooing, or being traditional, doesn’t mean staying stuck in the past. It means nurturing something that came way before you because you deeply hope that it will continue way after you. It’s about being in the middle, not being at the end. You‘re not initiating something. nor having the last word, you’re just carrying it through, with the time you’ve got."

Here’s a tattoo I did recently, next to one I spotted on an old 1%er done many moons ago. Tattooing rules.

Something different. Thanks Brendan.

Something different. Thanks Brendan.

Booking for this Friday is open. You know the deal, if you’d like to get tattooed send me an email: a.latanzio@gmail.com.

Booking for this Friday is open. You know the deal, if you’d like to get tattooed send me an email: a.latanzio@gmail.com.

YO, do me a favor and stop reblogging from this account. Use the below account instead.

https://www.tumblr.com/blog/akiralatanzio

Healed part of a leg sleeve I’m working on.

Healed part of a leg sleeve I’m working on.

Full shot. Again, flash from Chuco Moreno.

Full shot. Again, flash from Chuco Moreno.

Customer brought in flash from @chucomoreno95237, who does some of the realist tattooing around. Much respect.

Customer brought in flash from @chucomoreno95237, who does some of the realist tattooing around. Much respect.

Born II raise hell.

Born II raise hell.

Walk-ins Saturday (12-8) and Sunday (12-6) ✌️.

Walk-ins Saturday (12-8) and Sunday (12-6) ✌️.

#art

#art

I have one spot open tomorrow at 6 for a palm size flash design only. Email me if you want it. See everyone else tomorrow ✌️

I have one spot open tomorrow at 6 for a palm size flash design only. Email me if you want it. See everyone else tomorrow ✌️

Day off.

Day off.