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Where-to Tattoo

Where-to Tattoo

Where-to Tattoo
September 30
15:30 2013

Adriana Rodriguez / Intern

When you hit the streets of Denton on a Saturday night, it’s more than likely that you’re going to see a lot of art. Whether it is a mural on a building, a festival flyer stapled to a tree or at a local gallery – it’ll be there.

But you are also going to see it on the walking human canvases around you. Tattoos are everywhere, but there are still those who don’t understand them or haven’t yet taken the plunge. We compiled a list of the top three artists that were mentioned by Dentonites over beers at the bars.

“I love Justin Gorbey at Aces,” Arielle Lancaster said. “He is seriously the best at traditional art, he’s done all of mine.”

Aces Tattoos, located at 1776 Teasley Lane, was deemed the most popular of local shops. This October, owners Rick and Becky Murrill, will celebrate nine years of business. Because they own a shop full of rad artists and are avid animal advocates on their Facebook page, they are well-liked.

As Lancaster said, if you’re thinking about getting a traditional look and old–school feel to your tattoo, you’ll want to find Justin Gorbey. He is a UNT art graduate and has been at Aces for a couple of years. This style of tattooing is a throwback to the art form’s golden age. Thicker lines are a staple to this look and the themes tend to be nautical, military, pin-up, swallows and banners.

Lucas Eagleton is another favorite of many. He graduated last year from UNT with a degree in printmaking and recently finished his 2-year apprenticeship. Eagleton loves the freedom of tattooing whomever may walk through the door, but admits that it has been busy and he’s already booked through mid-November.

“Don’t let that fool you,” Eagleton said. “Since I’m new, I work a little slower. Something what may take [Joe] a day would take me two. But it’s good, I’ll get there.”

Eagleton favors realism, but also loves dabbling in mandala work and a dot tattooing technique – a tattoo made up of hundreds of little dots. Eagleton describes his style as illustrative but continues to work and study every day in all realms of tattooing. So far, it seems to be working.

“I love Lucas’ work,” Denton resident Brittany McDaniel said. “The art that he does is amazing, and he just finished his apprenticeship.”

Third on the list is Tristan Bradshaw. Lancaster swears he is the best script artist in DFW, but one look at his portfolio will prove he’s got more in his bag than a box of letters.

This list may seem limited and that’s because it is. In the world of tattooing there are endless amounts of style, taste and history to be had. New school, Japanese, abstract, geometrical, biomechanical, graffiti, manga ­– the list goes on. The number one piece of advice that anyone should take before diving in is to do your research and struggle a little searching for an artist that best fits your taste. The reward will be worth the work.

UNT graduate, Lucas Eagleton at Ace’s Tattoo Shop in Denton, Tx. -Feature photo by Adriana Rodriguez / Intern 

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