Check out Todo B talk about his life as a tattooer with special guest 2 Chainz:
Todo B is an award winning realistic tattoo artist out of ABT Tattoo in McDonough, Georgia. His tattoo beginnings started out in the 70’s after he was intrigued with tattoos in biker magazines. Todo went from hand poking to creating his own rotary machines before he decided to commit to creating a solid portfolio; a task that took him 10 years to accomplish. Skin Deep Tattoo in Hawaii immediately hired Todo, where he tattooed for eight years, and after moving around the country, he settled in Georgia.
Over the years, Todo’s world renowned tattooing garnered attention from some high profile clients. The last 15+ years have seen Todo tattoo members of No Doubt, The Foo Fighters, guitar legend Slash, and hoards of other musicians. At the turn of the century, Todo wound up on tour with the Red Hot Chili Peppers where he met Scott Weiland and Dean DeLeo of Stone Temple Pilots, who he worked on extensively.
Amongst his better known clients is Atlanta based rap artist 2 Chainz. Todo began tattooing 2 Chainz when he was still known as “Titi Boi”; his leg work, lettering, portraits and crow chest piece were all featured in Urban Ink Magazine. Todo’s work on Aerosmith’s Joe Perry also sparked a long time friendship; he’s has been on tour and backstage with the legendary rock band and his work has been featured in the game “Guitar Hero: Aerosmith” and Rolling Stone Magazine.
With recent controversy of the issue of copyrighting tattoos in professional sports, more and more artists are considering the idea in order to cash in on royalties, should any business or company decide to license the recreation of their work. The question of who the tattoo “belongs” to as intellectual property remains to be answered, but Todo doesn’t believe it's necessary for the artist to sue. With all the perks that have come along with these high profile clients, he has come to value the relationships, trust and loyalty that keeps him grounded; taking legal action would be taking it overboard.
Todo continues to push the boundaries of photo realism tattooing; he is always experimenting with perspective and 3D imaging while blurring the lines of what is real and what isn't. His goal is to truly make his work stand out, and it does, as evident by his award winning portfolio.