Located in Manahawkin, New Jersey, Premium Blend Tattoo has a reputation for being one of the area’s best tattoo shops.
Combining the talent of three artists, there’s a premium blend of New School, Realism and custom work in this Jersey tattoo shop. We spent a few minutes speaking with owner and artist Ty Pallotta to discover just how this shop keeps their designs fresh, while mixing their art styles up.
What is the story behind the name Premium Blend Tattoo?
We were looking for something that represented color blending. A martini glass is most commonly associated with 777, and that’s also our numeric address.
What is your tattooing style?
My style is a bit of everything really, especially custom tattoos, although I do not like doing Celtic or Tribal tattooing.
How about you’re the style of your other tattoo artists?
Curtis Adams specializes in Neo-Traditional and New School tattoos with great color, and he also excels at Photo Realism designs. Kelly Killagain works in Realism and painterly styles. She is our newest intern and she’s very clean and talented, but she hasn’t quite nailed down any specific style yet. She awesome and enjoys doing all of it.
What are some of the current Tattoo Design trends at Premium Blend Tattoo?
Design trends we see often include skulls, lotuses, and dragons.
How do you find new inspirations for your tattoo designs?
Trial and error mostly, and I get inspired by other artists. I’ve been drawing since I was 10 years old, so basically from art itself.
What personal sacrifices have you made to become a professional tattoo artist?
Leaving my life behind here and going to Austin, working my ass off.
Describe a time you where you believe your talent truly helped someone?
For certain memorial tattoos and when they see the finished art in the mirror. I used to hate doing them because it is so sad. Once I had to tattoo tiny baby footprints for a mother who lost her child. She was very religious and seemed to handle it well but it wasn’t so easy for me. I’ve learned to tattoo them so they are not quite as depressing, but I really enjoy doing the fun stuff more.
What is the greatest professional goal you have achieved as a tattoo artist?
My wife encouraged me to start going to tattoo conventions, and at the time I felt I wasn’t as good as those other tattooists featured in magazines. At that first convention I won an award and realized I do belong here, and I am worthy.
When you aren’t tattooing, you can be found…
I’m with my wife and two sons, ages 10 and 13. We bought a house and it’s good to have that mortgage, but it’s a fixer-upper project so I’m busy fixing it up.
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