Grand Junction, CO
Owner/Artist, Black Pearl Tattoo
13 years' experience
Mentor to Marisa LaRen
Erik views other artists' self-promotion meaningless unless the tattoo work actually measures up. After a two-year apprenticeship, this Colorado native opened his own shop in a competitive tattoo community. His competition this season is Marisa LaRen, a rookie artist whom he hired following her apprenticeship with him. Erik believes he does not receive the respect he deserves from Marisa for building, what he believes to be, her entire career.
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