Shop: Tried & True Tattoo, Arroyo Grande, CA
How and when did you start in the industry?
I first became interested in tattooing in '92. I never apprenticed. I had brave friends and myself to learn on. I began professionally tattooing in 2003. I quickly found that some shop owners have no experience running a business. Having come from managing retail stores in the skateboard industry for ten years, I decided to open my own shop in 2004.
Is there a certain style that you love more than others?
Usually I prefer Modern American Traditional and Japanese style art. I also paint with watercolors and acrylics.
Do you currently travel the tattoo convention circuit, and if so, which shows?
So far most of my convention travels have been in California. Ink-n-Iron, Paso, Pomona, San Francisco. I recently began attending the Seattle show in august. This June I am making my first trip abroad to do a guest spot at Hold Fast tattoo in Perth, Australia. I also guest spot at Yer Cheatin Heart in Gardena, CA, and Stay True in Vegas.
So we heard you are currently slaving away in the garage. What are you working on?
Currently working on a 1930 Model A Ford Roadster. I can build almost anything, hence the nickname "Sawdust."
What other models do you have in your collection?
No other cars at this time. I have always been drawn to them though. Vespas and Lamberttas in the garage from time to time.
You have a dream car?
Dream cars: '32 Ford Roadster, '59 Caddy, '51 Merc.
So, Gary, we have a serious question, what's on the iPod?
In heavy rotation I have: Ray Collins' Hot Club, Squirrel Nut Zippers, Jets to Brazil and Arcade Fire.
Anything else we should know?
Born 1971, left handed, married, two kids, two dogs, one cat and one snake.