Today we’d like to introduce you to Jarrett DeMartino.
Jarrett, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I have been tattooing professionally for seventeen years beginning in New York City and currently in Los Angeles. I was raised on Long Island, heavy metal, and skateboarding. While earning my BFA at School of Visual Arts in NYC, I apprenticed under Bayoan “Bee” Cortes. After tattooing in NY for several years, I relocated to Southern California where I managed Jason Brown’s S.T. Tattoo Studio (Suicidal Tendencies Tattoo) in Venice. I currently reside in Los Angeles with my wife, Wendy, Dutch Shepherd Leila, and tuxedo cat Maggy. My private gallery and tattoo studio, Solid Gallery One is located in the Fairfax district of Los Angeles. I tattoo by appointment only and exhibit group and solo shows. My tattoo studio exclusively hosts guest tattooists.
At Solid Gallery One, I welcome the collaborative process between artist and client. I present a spotless, one on one environment for my clients to achieve their vision. I enjoy working in and blending different tattooing styles. Typically I work on large extensive pieces, but I’ll welcome work of any size. My work spans skin, canvas or whatever I can get an image to adhere to. I strive to be an all-terrain vehicle, in all aspects of my life, and my art. Following the traditional formulas of tattooing, I constantly bend the rules to make something new and unique. I am committed to exceeding my clients’ expectations when it comes to creating work that is specific to them. My work has been featured in numerous publications and ad campaigns such a Versace and David Yurman. Also Oxygen channel’s Best Ink Seasons 2 and 3. Solid Gallery One was named top 10 tattoo shops in Los Angeles by Time Out Los Angeles 2014-17. I have done custom tattoos and/or commissioned artwork for such clients as: Nick Cannon, Busta Rhymes, Nas, Snoop Dogg, Type O Negative, Machine Head, Playboy, Darkstar Skateboards, and more.
Lover of any board sport you will find me either on the mountain, at the skate park, or in the water when I’m not either with my family, playing metal with my band, or at the drawing table. I do a convention about every two months, and my artwork is featured regularly in Los Angeles area group art shows. I have also participated as an artist in the international Art Fusion Experiment at Alex Grey’s COSM in NYC. I am currently painting for my solo show in the gallery. Please visit solidgalleryone.com to check out more of my work.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Smooth road? No. The struggle is real, but that just makes you stronger. From starting in NYC when tattooing was illegal, to restarting in LA with no contacts. Ironically I named my business “Solid” and the building of my first location started to fall down in the first year forcing me to move. I don’t like to dwell on stuff that I’ve had to fight through though. I try to stay focused on where I need to be. It’s more positive.
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Solid Gallery One – what should we know?
SOLID GALLERY ONE is my private Tattoo Studio and Art Gallery. At Solid Gallery One, I welcome the collaborative process between artist and client. I present a spotless, one on one environment for my clients to achieve their vision. I also provide a platform where underground, counter-culture art and tattooing can be viewed together. SOLID GALLERY ONE brings together a unique blend of some of the best talent and creativity there is to offer. Typically I work on large extensive pieces, but I’ll welcome work of any size. My work spans skin, canvas or whatever I can get an image to adhere to. I strives to be an all-terrain vehicle, I pride myself on my straight up and honest approach to my clients and projects. Solid Gallery One is my calm, one on one environment that gives a client a more unique, focused, and private experience.
Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
I’d have to begin with thanking my supportive creative parents, having that foundation was everything. When getting my start I apprenticed under Bayoan “Bee” Cortes in NYC. In a day where tattooing was an illegal, underground, and closed industry he took a chance on me. Jason Brown, owner of S.T. Tattoo Studio (Suicidal Tendencies Tattoo) in Venice helped me get started here in LA. I am appreciative of all my clients who have supported me all these years. I couldn’t have done it without them.
- Address: 334 N Fairfax Ave Los Angeles CA 90036
- Website: solidgalleryone.com
- Phone: 3239393003
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Armor on bike: Model: Sonny Olivera Photo: Bruce Weber Ad: David Yerman
Nick Cannon: Cover Photo Pep Williams
Head: Collector: Alessandro Paveri
Kimberli Guzman @ Crush Studios in Costa Mesa for the pic with the arm hugging a woman