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First, Last Name: Kevin Begay
Shop Name & Location: Garage Tattoo Studio
341 East 35th St
Ogden, UT 84401
To book a appointment you can give me a call or text for me to call back @8019209600 FaceBook: @kevin begay and @kevzink
When did you first start tattooing: I started tattooing at young age for fun but also while I was incarcerated. When I was released, I keep at it and took it serious; I got educated and learned how to use large mags and different needle groupings and have been at it ever since. I am self taught and went through many trials and errors but never gave up.
Who was your first client and what type of tattoo did you do: My first client was my lil brother. I tattooed the back of his legs, just the outline of gangster style numbers when I was like 14yrs old with a homemade prison style machine an older friend gave me when he was released from prison. But, I wasn’t really trying to build a career out of it, or said I wanted to be a tattoo artist—it was just there. It was a part of the culture I was involved in. I didn’t take it seriously until I was incarcerated and one day got a tattoo magazine and seen these amazing artists and what they were tattooing. I was already very talented and took my art seriously—reading books and drawing anything and challenging myself to do difficult details with a bic pen; I took it seriously because that’s all I had in 23 hour confinement.
When I got in to tattooing, I automatically found my passion and adjusted in a tattooing world while incarcerated. When released, I was shell shocked by how much I had to learn because I was used to a homemade rotary machine using single homemade needles, so I had to re-learn everything. I even tried to do apprenticeships but people knew I was fresh out after 10yrs and just knew by my personality or something because I was always denied—but I never quit . Now all the shops that denied me want me to work in there shop lol. Funny how the tables turn.
Describe your style of tattooing: My style is black & grey tattooing. I do any type of black & grey and enjoy it. I do a lot of realism tho.
Who or what are your influences: My influences come from all types of artists and styles. I can never find just one. I just love art and tattooing.
Have you done any cover ups, how many: I’ve done a few coverups but hate doing them. If I get the freedom to do my own style and designs, then I get into it.
What do you want the world know about your tattoo life and any advice you can give to the aspiring tattoo artist: All I can say is I’m a black & grey artist and really enjoy what I do and never want to stop learning. I’m always striving to learn a new tip or trick in tattooing. As for upcoming artists, all I can say is stay humble and be open minded to learning. Don’t quit if this is what you really want to do. Shoot for a apprenticeship and learn correctly.