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Meet John Smith

Today we’d like to introduce you to John Smith.

Hi John, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
After being involved with street art for many years, I finally decided I needed to make a career with art and tattooing seemed the most fitting. I started visiting different shops and artists around my hometown Cardiff, UK and had a bunch of drawings I’d take in and get advice with and after about a year of adding to my portfolio, I was finally giving the chance to apprentice in a small street shop where I took care of usual apprentice duties. I did this for about a year before finally tattooing and after a while was offered a spot in another shop that was opening up where I stayed for six years, this is where I started to guest with different artists and work conventions and learned a lot about tattooing and the industry! After a while, I decided it was time for a change and I decided to pack up and move to Los Angeles. I chose LA as this is where all my inspiration came from and is the home to a lot of my favorite artists. I was lucky enough to land a guest spot with Carlos Torres and the team at The Raven and the Wolves in Long Beach! After this, I worked at Dolorosa tattoo in Studio City for a while with Chris Paez and the team until a spot finally opened at The Raven and The Wolves where I’ve currently been since March 2021.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
I would say tattooing has been anything but a smooth road and this is due to my own struggles with being my own worst critic! Aside from that, I’ve always been super lucky to be surrounded by great people and work with some extremely talented artists who’ve been really helpful along the way!

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I do large-scale black and grey realism, a lot of people come to me for sculpture work mostly but I’m currently working on some of my own projects to try and offer something new to help really set me apart from others!

Let’s talk about our city – what do you love? What do you not love?
The minute I arrived in Los Angeles, I fell in love with the place. The different cultures and the way of life is something that attracted me to this city and it’s full of like-minded creatives and people who are not only trying to better themselves but help others along the way! The change of scenery has not only helped me to grow as an artist but also as a person. I faced a lot of challenges moving here with Covid-19 shutting everything down shortly after I arrived and then the other troubles that we faced during 2020 but this only helped to understand my surroundings. There isn’t much I dislike about Los Angeles.


  • Day rate $1,200
  • Hourly $200
  • Deposit $500
  • Design fee $300

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