I don’t know what it is with girls who have tattoos. If done right, I find them to be incredibly sexy. I wish I had the balls to get a sleeve. I know I shouldn’t think about the future, but I do when it comes to tattoos that are large and more importantly…permanent! Yes, I have 7 of them, but they are relatively small and scattered. I applaud those who think about now and just go for it! Maybe one day soon I will work up the courage to start building a sleeve. Until then, I can just admire the girls who have them. Check out these ladies and tell me they’re not babes!
MEET MY DUDE…HEK
Seeing that this is my first post on tattoos, I thought it would be fitting to write about the artist who I turn to. I’m not sure when my love for tattoos began, but I do know it started as a young adolescent. I remember recieving my first tattoo at the age of 15 from my boyfriend on the beach using a hollow needle and Indian Ink….it hurt like a betch! Now at the age of 32, I have 7. For some, that’s a lot, and for most it’s not enough… but for now, its suits me.
Meet my dude…Hector Edward Valdez, a.k.a. HEK. I was introduced to him through a good friend of mine, Jazzy. We went in together to get a tattoo. Ever since then, I have not gone to anyone else. He’s one of the coolest people I met since I’ve moved here to California two years ago. He’s an amazing artist who always puts up with my difficult requests. Visiting his shop is a good time. There’s always some old school hip hop playing in the background, artists talking smack to one another,and apprentices doing push ups, all in an old time barber shop/saloon setting. But most importantly, you always leave with a tattoo your proud of. If your in the area, or even not in the area…you should definitely set up an appointment with HEK at The Tattoo Gallery in Huntington Beach.
5. What influences you in your life as well as in your tattooing? I am influenced by almost everything. Everyday. Artistically speaking. But I would have to say I am mostly influenced by music and movies.
9. Did you ever tattoo yourself when you were first starting out? The very first tattoo I did was on my leg. It’s the Japanese Kanji for “determination”. I thinks it’s still healing. OUCH.
11. I hear you have a bit of an obsession with coffee…. I don’t believe i have an obsession with coffee per se’ . I just really really really really love the fuck out of coffee. Good coffee. And espressos. So much so I order 2 at a time…. a few times per day. 8 days a week. Is that a lot? If you want to talk about obsessions we can talk about socks! Next time.