Today we’d like to introduce you to Khoi Nguyen.
Hi Khoi, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
My journey into tattooing started as a teenage punk rock skater kid in the mid-90s. My buddy gave me my first tattoo at 15 years old with a homemade rig. From there, I learn to make my own rig and start tattooing my friends. When I turned 18, I got my first professional tattoo at a shop in Orange County called flesh merchants. This dude who was known to Tattoo all the local punks named Jeff gave me a short introduction into the game. It wasn’t until years later in maybe 2005 so that actually became a professional Tattooer. I started out in orange county then moved to Hollywood. My longest tenure at the shop was it Kat Von D’s High Voltage Tattoo in West Hollywood, which actually just closed a few days ago. I had my own photography studio, clothing line, and many other projects during my time in Hollywood. I’ve had the pleasure of tattooing some awesome people from all around the world from all walks of life, I plan to travel and take a break from tattooing, I also I’m very passionate about Thai boxing and spend a lot of my time learning and coaching the art. The world is wide open for me now. Who knows where I’ll end up. All I know is life is short, and I plan to continue on the road of adventure.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
In tattooing sometimes you have to deal with A lot of egos, Sometimes be surrounded by some very dangerous people. And as an artist, you always question yourself and doubt your skillset. I guess the trick is to keep learning, stay humble and keep pushing forward.
Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
As far as my work. I like everything, every style but I love black and grey. I’ve always bounced around as Tattooers do. I didn’t get into this field to be an employee to anyone. We are free spirits, freelancers, if anything. We are like pirates in a sense. We live life on our own terms. It’s not all stable, but we’re not built for the 9 to 5 cubicle type of life. I come from the old school. And in the old school, we learned a tattoo everything that goes through the door. I’m most proud of my ability to adapt to different styles and for the ability to mingle with my fellow man. Maybe what sets me apart is the fact that I can live within the old school and the new school. I carry traditional values in my work and I’m able to adapt to the now.
How do you think about happiness?
What makes me happy is being able to create art and please my clients. At the end of the day making your clients happy here’s the most important because they’re the ones that are wearing the tattoos for the rest of their lives. And being able to provide for my son with my abilities is a blessing. While not having to conform to societies standards per se. It’s the best of both worlds.
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Photos of me by Evan Dee IG-diosa_vibes_666