AZ Tattoo Expo Brings the Needles to Mesa Convention Center this Weekend; Artists Dick Goldman and Sage O'Connell Show Us Some Ink
|One of many labors of love for Urban Art Tattoo owner Sage O'Connell.|
|A portrait of Jerry Garcia by Dick Goldman.|
|A portrait sleeve done by Urban Art Tattoo owner Sage O'Connell.|
I became a tattoo artist because...I felt so inspired to create art as soon as I started hanging out in my mentor's shop that I felt I needed to give it a try and see where it took me.
The first tattoo I ever did was...a little cholo [slang term for a Mexican gangster] clown face above my left knee.
My favorite tattoo on my body is...my portraits of my mom and my son. They were done by two friends that I looked up to when I started tattooing.
The most painful place to get tattooed is probably...the top of your feet or the ribcage. They are very similar in pain, but since everyone's body is different, there is no one place that is the worst.The weirdest thing I've ever tattooed on someone was...a very pink and irritated hand smack across her right [butt] cheek.
|Goldman portrait of Jack Nicholson.|
Before I became a tattoo artist, I was...doing auto body repair.
The first tattoo I ever did was...cover a girl's name on a guy's arm.
My favorite tattoo on my body is...the tattoo of the Viking god Thor on my back.
If I could tattoo someone from history, it would be...Attila the Hun.
When I'm tattooing, I like to listen to...blues.The 10th Annual AZ Tattoo Expo takes place Friday, April 30, through Sunday, May 2, at the Mesa Convention Center. Single-day tickets cost $16; three-day passes cost $35. Visit www.aztattooexpo.com for more information.