Josh Chesler Uncle Josh doesn't just specialize in one area of tattooing, he prefers doing both traditional and portrait work.
Much of America's tattooing tradition comes from the military, with Navy sailors being a strong part of tattooing history. It so happens that Josh Gargalione's interest in tattoos was sparked before his service time, but he still sees the clear connection.
"A lot of it has to do with the rite of passage," says Gargalione, who goes by the name "Uncle Josh" and tattoos out of Phoenix's Leap of Faith Tattoo and Body Piercing. "Young men join the military, and the tattoos are a way of solidifying their masculinity and adulthood."