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Rising Stars: Meet Anthony Gonzalez of North

Today we’d like to introduce you to Anthony Gonzalez.

Hi Anthony, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
My fascination with tattoos began when I saw my uncle’s rose tattoo on his arm. I remember asking about it, and when he said it’s permanent, I was sold. As soon as I turned 18, I went and got a tattoo. My artist at the time told me about tattooing and what it’s like to be a tattooer. After hearing that, I knew what I wanted to do for a living. Fast forward about a year later, I found an apprenticeship and have been tattooing since then.

We all face challenges, but looking back, would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
The industry can be rough; not everyone is welcoming and ready to share information on how to improve. Luckily, I’ve met some amazing people in the industry who have helped keep me grounded and inspired.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
Full-time tattooer, and part-time painter, I specialize in black and grey tattoos. I am typically known for making the tattoo experience a fun one. We all know tattoos hurt, so why not have fun and share our experiences in life? Recently, I finished my second largest painting in response to the Roe V Wade decision. It means a lot to me; people understand what I mean when they see it.

We’d love to hear what you think about risk-taking?
I believe most people have taken risks. Life is a risk when you think about. Sometimes it throws you some challenges that you may or may not come out of. Tattooing may not have worked out for me. I love the process of tattooing and will continue to do so until I’m physically incapable of doing so.

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