Tony Olivas

East Coast Godfather of Black & Gray.

Hello, I'm Tony Olivas

I've been Tattooing 38 years now and have achieved over 100 world titles. My work has been in every major tattoo magazine throughout the world and one of my tattoos was on display in the museum of natural history. I started tattooing in Tucson Arizona when I was 15 years old. I started tattooing by poking it in by hand with a needle and thread. Then one day my brother Henry came in with a homemade prison style machine that a friend of ours gave him when he got out of prison. It was a tape recorder for the motor, a toothbrush for the handle, a ballpoint pen and guitar string for the needle, but to me it was amazing. So that started me with making machines as well. My first machine I ever made was a rotary 38 years ago.

In 1988 I got in trouble with the law and in 1989 I had to leave the state of Arizona for five years which was the best thing that ever happened to me. I moved back to Alabama where I was tattooing out of the Depot Lounge which was owned by James and Ma Williams . I went to Panama City Beach Florida in 1989 and got a job at Dixieland Tattoos with Mr. Adam West. Then I went to Virginia and started working for Anciet Art Tattoo which was owned by JD Crowe and Jerry Riegger. I had the pleasure of working with Jerry for a couple of years. He taught me everything there is to know about running a business, making needles, building tattoo machines, tattoo etiquette and definitely respect for the industry. He was a great mentor and introduced me to all my mentors like Jack Rudy, Brian Everett, Mr. Lyle Tuttle and many many more...

This industry has been an amazing journey, becoming good friends with Jack Rudy, Brian Everett, Lyle Tuttle, Bob Tyrell, Big Gus and so many other amazing artists that have made this industry what it is today. I'm able to travel the world; I've been to Australia all the way to Vienna, Austria , Germany, Sweden, Holland, Panama City, Panama, Ottawa, Canada, Mexico City, and all over this beautiful United States doing what I love the most... tattooing...

Tattoo Pricing
I charge a $250 hourly rate and am holding to a 200$ minimum for every tattoo.

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