The Studio 819 tattoo shop in TN houses four tattoo artists with a wide range of specialty and tattooing styles. With over 20 years of industry experience, owner Peedee shares his strengths, sacrifices and passion for the industry.
Tell me about your tattoo shop in TN and the artists:
Right now we have 3 artists including myself.
We don’t want an overabundance of artists working here because everyone specializes in their own style, and we also work together to make a well-rounded establishment covering all tattooing styles.
I focus on abstract, Bio-Mech and color portraits, Big Mike does black and grey and has a wide range in everything. Crizo does geometric dotwork, which is slowly increasing in popularity, He enjoys the flowers and mandalas he’s designed and the unique nature of the style.
Big Mike, what has tattooing taught you about yourself?
Tattooing has taught me to be patient. It used to be hard to deal with people wanting to change things, but now I really listen and give people what they want.
Peedee, what tattooing style has challenged you?
It’s cliché, but tattooing dandelions and all that other bullshit. You see these designs one day and then all of a sudden the whole country wants them. I do enjoy script and I am very good at it, but I like large tattoos, not all this small stuff.
I like basically half sleeve, full sleeve, back pieces, etc.
I also struggle with flat, boring, five color Traditional tattoos. I can’t stand them.
Crizo, what has tattooing taught you about yourself?
To have patience and not rush everything; also not to deal with assholes.
Peedee, what personal sacrifices have you made to become a professional tattoo artist?
Family time. I basically come home and go to bed and my kids are asleep.
Then when I get up the kids are in school.
But on the positive side they have new cars and we just got a new mortgage. My kids don’t go without.
Describe a time you where you believe your talent truly helped someone?
There are many times, such as whenever parents lose an infant or their own mother and father.
But today people even tattoo when they have overcome addictions. There are so many different personal meanings for tattoos. They don’t mean you were in prison anymore like they did twenty years ago.
How did you become interested in tattooing?
I’ve been licensed twenty years but actually started when I was eleven years old.
My grandfather, who hung the moon in my eyes, was a member of a motorcycle club.
I’d hang with them and the guys saw me drawing and mentioned if I could draw I could tattoo. They brought in a machine, and I began tattooing. Imagine that, me at just eleven years old, tattooing big guys who could basically rip your head off if they wanted to.
Describe Studio 819 in just a few words:
Chill and relaxed, with pretty vibrant attitudes. We’re always laughing. I love it here.
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