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Meet Matty Higgins of Old Towne Tattoo Parlor

Today we’d like to introduce you to Matty Higgins.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I was 21 and I had just become an electronic avionics technician with the USAF. Not long after that, I began doing underground tattoos on my fellow airmen for beer and cigarettes. I knew at that point that I had found something magical.

After my discharge, I found work at a shop in Minot, ND and then later moved to Austin, Texas where I worked at Affinity Tattoo in 6th street. While in Texas, I cut my teeth on walk-ins and learned the tools to become a walk-in tattooer… I worked there for a little over three years before relocating with my beautiful wife to her hometown of Huntington Beach, California.

I now work at Old Towne Tattoo Parlor in Orange, California. I also sit in at Full Circle Tattoo in San Diego when they need me.

Has it been a smooth road?
The “Tattoo Gods” have a way of giving back what you out in. Some days you’re tattooing all day, other days you’re wondering if you should quit. Tattooing can be a mental rollercoaster. During slow times, I try and paint designs to attract clientele and to stay sharp. Tattooing can also be physically demanding as well.

Since I have begun, I have developed arthritis in my S1 and have also picked up two bulged discs on the way. Find what you love and let it kill you.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Old Towne Tattoo Parlor story. Tell us more about the business.
I consider myself a walk-in tattooer. If someone comes in the shop with a design or idea they want, I’m the man for the job. At least it’s something I feel uncomfortable doing; I’m going to give it 100%. Big or small, I do em all. My favorite designs to do are bold, simple, American traditional designs.

However, I also don’t try to push a specific style on anyone. I’m just as happy to tattoo an infinity symbol with birds flying out if that’s what the client wants.

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
Tattooing is a craft that will always be magical. It is constantly changing just like the world we live in. I have no way of knowing what will be trending or in style 10 years down the road. But wherever it is, I’ll be in the middle of it trying to stay relevant.

Contact Info:

  • Address: 722 W Chapman Ave
    Orange, California 92868
  • Email:
  • Instagram: Higginstattoo

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