Dennis Van Blarcom
Sponsored by Happy Guru Tattoo Butter
I've been tattooing since 1991, I did my apprenticeship and stayed at the same shop I managed for all of my career until now. My art background started as a kid, I was always drawing, but I had a great art teacher (Miss Prov) in high school who helped encourage me to continue with my art. I took night classes at Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Arts to learn airbrushing, then started doing sign painting, glass etching and custom cars. Once I started my apprenticeship I knew that tattooing was what I really wanted to do. Before that I pretty much did almost anything and everything (considering I started working at the age of 13) I guess you can say I'm a jack of all trades but a master of one with still a lot to learn. No matter how long I've been tattooing there is always something to learn! I've had the great pleasure of getting to work with some really great artists over the years that helped me along, like Thane Sawyer who greatly helped me learn my cover ups, the great Jack Rudy who was nice enough to take the time to let me watch him and teach me the real art of fine line black and grey, and photo realism. I pretty much do any style, but enjoy fine line black and grey and photo realism. It was time to move on to bigger and better things and I am fortunate enough to work with two of my best friends who are like brothers to me and without them I really don't know where I would be! It was their vision and I am privileged enough to have been asked to come along with them, which is the best thing that has ever happened to me, it made me pick up a brush and start painting again to help fill the art gallery/studio which I am glad to call my home! Thanks to all of my great friends, family and loyal customers who have helped me get to this point and continue to make this the best art gallery/ tattoo studio in New Jersey and hopefully one day the world!