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Art & Life with Justin Tauch

Today we’d like to introduce you to Justin Tauch.

Justin, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
My name is Justin Tauch and I am a tattoo artist located in Long Beach, California. I work out of Paper Crane Studio in downtown Long Beach. I have been tattooing professionally since 2010. I started drawing when I was 4 or 5 years old. My sister and I used to always draw together. I eventually just kept drawing with friends through out all my years in school. It has been a constant in my life.

I decided after high school I would pursue art as a career and attended college at the American Academy of Art in Chicago, Illinois. I also met my wife Carla Wyzgala there. I started getting tattooed a lot when I moved into the city of Chicago and befriended a lot of talented tattoo artists. I knew this was something I wanted to pursue but it was a very hard industry to break into. I was pretty persistent and finally met the right people to get my foot in the door. I have been tattooing ever since.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I specialize in the “illustrative” style of tattooing. Going to an illustration school lent me a lot of the tools I use when I approach my artwork. I also take a lot of inspiration from other artists that I feel definitely influence my work. I try to use the fundamentals of applying a tattoo and putting a personal spin on those ideas. I try to create a lot of pieces that flow with the body and compliment whatever area we are applying the tattoo. I think the composition is a huge part of any successful piece of art. It also lends a more flattering and complimentary part to the body.

I mostly do nature-inspired pieces, so anything flora/fauna or nautical is always what I get excited about most. As far as what I hope people take away from it, I hope that my artwork brings positivity into their life.

One of the most satisfying things about tattooing is the ability to change peoples lives for the better, whether you’re covering a scar, old tattoo, memorial piece, or just a tattoo they have been waiting in anticipation for a long time. I feel like adding permanency of ones artwork to someone’s body is one of the highest honors as an artist. But it also comes with the most pressure and frustration.

Do you think conditions are generally improving for artists? What more can cities and communities do to improve conditions for artists?
I think artists have more tools than ever to make it in the modern world. The internet age has created such a platform for people to get exposed to and recognized for their talent and hard work. Before the internet, all we had was magazines and word of mouth.

I can’t say if life is easier or harder for an artist because I think that is up to the individual.

My philosophy in life is that you get what you give. Maybe the situations aren’t always ideal but if you are dedicated and give 100% of yourself to something it will eventually pay off. I also think success just means happiness. If you are happy and content with your life every morning when you are successful in my book.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
I have a website that showcases my tattoos of various styles and also my artwork in various styles.

You can also book your tattoo appointments through my website. I also post a lot on Instagram. Instagram has become a great tool for artists to connect with people and get more exposure to the world.

Contact Info:

  • Address: 530 E Broadway, Long Beach,
    California, 90802
  • Website:
  • Phone: 562-999-1454
  • Email:
  • Instagram: @justintauchtattoos

Image Credit:
Jose Cordon

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