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Meet Ryback Anguitay of Red Buddha Tattoo in Garden Grove

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ryback Anguitay.

Ryback, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Growing up as child, I’ve always hat artistic talent, we grew up in the country of Philippines were electronics wasn’t a big thing. Instead of watching television we read comic books sent by out relatives in the United States and when we finished reading it we would redraw out favorite character such as Batman and Spiderman.

That is how my artistic side of my work started. I finally came to United States at the age of 11 and still then I’ve kept up with drawing, giving drawings to my parents, aunts and uncles as Christmas present. Took art classes my whole life even through college. My parents strive for us to do better and go to the military or go to college after high school since we were fortunate to be living in the United States, the land of opportunities. As a teenager growing up, I had my made mistakes and let my family down, hanging out with the wrong crowd and being typical teen, I would rebel against my parents’ wishes and got into trouble here and there. Went to different schools and finished high school later than expected, I wasn’t the school type I would rather draw doodles all day than study.

The troubles followed me throughout my adulthood even when I was in college and had probably different types of odd jobs just so I can buy things I wanted and not depend on my parents. I wasn’t the brightest person but I was always determined to do better every time life held me back. I hit a point in my life where I made a bad decision out of anger and problems that I thought I should have handled more civilized which stop me from finishing college and getting a decent job. I made mistakes I wasn’t proud of and let down my family which they saw as a failure but in the same time it pushed me to do better. I wanted to prove my family wrong and that I can make it in life with what I wanted to do and accomplish and not just typical person doing 9 to 5 or be in a system where basically your life controlled.

That anger and determination push me to where I’m at now and still pushing me to strive for the better and even how many times I fall there’s always a way up. People have options life has options, even if life gives you road blocks there’s always a way around it. Long story short, I stumbled into tattooing as a hobby, I have been collecting tattoos ever since I was 15 yrs. old in which my Mom gave me money on a family trip to the Philippines and I got my first tattoo. From then I was addicted, throughout my troublesome years I met a tattoo artist who taught me the basics of tattooing and at the time it was just a hobby that I did at my parents’ house. My Girlfriend who is now my wife and my parents supported me for it keep me out of trouble and busy. I eventually wanted to learn more and grow as an artist, I felt my art wasn’t perfect enough to be seen or on a person’s body permanently. It gave me a sense of disappointment that I wanted to get into a real shop and learn more. I went to more than 5 tattoo shops in my area to apply for a job but they were not amused by the tattoos I have done, or some shops offered me apprenticeship with fee for teaching the ways of body art (tattoo). I was ready to give up until but tattooing became something else for me, all I can think about is tattoos and art, so I just keep at it. Until I met someone who help me get into a proper shop but it was an hour drive to where I leave. They hired me on the spot and I took it, it was my stepping stone. That’s were I found out working in a real tattoo shop actually made decent money. From there my art got a lot better but I wanted more, specially have my first son pushed me to want more for my family and myself. I moved different shops by researching different artist that work there and learned, never have closed mind, stayed humble, listened and apply. As anything in life your bound to get bored and lose sight of goals and expectations but having another child gave me a wakeup call and also made me remember to prove to my family I’m not a failure specially having two mouths to feed. I eventually decided to open my first shop, my family help with the remodeling. Finding location and city requirements was the hard part but it all came together. I am now a business owner, it has been a long road with different obstacles in the way but I got through it with the help of my family, without them I wouldn’t have the little push I need to get to where I’m at today.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
In general, nothing is a smooth road, we make mistakes with family, the law, or just bad decisions that could have been avoided.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Red Buddha Tattoo story. Tell us more about the business.
We create Permanent Body Art (tattoos), in the same time we are artist of different medias, painting, graphic or any sort of art were all up for it. I’m proud of waking up every day and doing what I love to do every day, and that goes for anyone I hire.

We do it as a hobby but of course get paid for it, and that’s what set as apart with other people. I strive to be different as we live in a society base on status. Being professional as we call it, or the system in which people expect you to be doing.

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
I’d say I am truly blessed for I did not get into the tattoo industry for the money but for the passion which ultimately paid the price both in my life and business. A lot of bad luck changed my life forever and I wouldn’t be doing what I’m doing right now if all those bad things haven’t happened.

Contact Info:

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  • Phone: 7145371100
  • Instagram: ryback_redbuddha
  • Facebook: ryback anguitay
  • Twitter: red buddha
  • Yelp: red buddha tattoo

Image Credit:
Credit to all my clients thank you being an open canvas…

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