Cocoa Beach, FL
Owner/Artist, Endless Summer
Website: (www.endlesssummertattoo.com; www.marklongenecker.com)
20 years' experience
Rivals Match-up: "He Wants to Be Me," versus Ryan Eternal
Mark Longenecker is a surfer and tattoo artist whose works have been exhibited in conventions on the world stage. Specializing in vibrant colors, the studio owner's tattoos range in style from tropical to Japanese, and his artistic accomplishments have earned him what he describes as a "room full of trophies." The Florida native is challenged by Dania Beach tattoo artist Ryan Eternal, whom he feels is trying to steal his customers and fame despite having only half his experience. Longenecker is furious that Eternal is encroaching on his territory, and is determined to do whatever it takes to defend it.
PHOTOS: See a gallery of Mark's work