ARTISTS WHO WORKED ON THE PIKE!

These are either confirmed or speculated (it will be mentioned in the post if it is unconfirmed) tattoo artists who worked on The Pike of Long Beach at some point. This page provides a brief overview of artists. If you have any information you'd like to share with us, please email OuterLimitsLongBeach@gmail.com!

ED HARDY

When Ed was about 10 or 11, he frequented 22 Chestnut Place, aka Bert Grimm's on The Pike. Grimm said, "Well, when you're 15, I'll teach you to tattoo." So I learned how to draw, but then I drifted off to other things. I started stand-up surfing and my life went a different direction. And then I got really serious about art when I turned 16 and realized it was my destiny.

MARK MAHONEY

Mark Mahoney is an American tattoo artist, considered the "founding father" of black and grey art with a single needle.

Many in the business consider Mahoney a living legend. He currently owns the Shamrock Social Club on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood. Mahoney started his work as a tattoo artist in Boston in 1977 (when tattooing there was illegal). He was pivotal force during the 1980s black and grey movement, and has tattooed some of Hollywood's biggest names. He has always been attracted to the idea that tattoos are "art for the people", art for the everyday person. He is most known for his black and grey work, and more specifically images of religious icons, old school collages, girls, bombs, and guns.

When Mahoney first became interested in tattoo art, it was during a time period "when you had to be an outlaw, or you had to be a real brave soul to get a tattoo." With today's ease of tattoo removal and creams to make the process less painful, some of that appeal is gone, he said. He worked on The Pike from 1980-1984.

JOE VEGAS

Joe credits his sense of design to his worldwide travels and extended stays Tattooing in Japan where he was able to observe and absorb the skills of Japan’s master tattoo artists and painters. Joe studied at the Art-Center College of design in Pasadena California. Vegas’ Tattoo work is primarily influenced by Bob Roberts (who Joe apprenticed with in 1984), Ed Hardy, Zeke Owen, and Horiyoshi 3. “Not only have their creative talents influenced my work, I’m also very fortunate to be friends with these Masters of Tattooing as well”.

He now works at and owns Thunderbolt Tattoo in Atlanta, GA.

Joe worked on The Pike in this shop from 1986 - 1992.

DAVE ORLOWSKI

Dave Orlowski