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Jonathan

I was born in Brazilia, the capital of Brazil. I have always had an appreciation for art and could often be found drawing, just about anywhere, at a very young age.


The first memory I have of seeing a tattoo was when I was a ten year old boy. I was mesmerized and immediately fell in love with the idea of expressing oneself through art on the body in the form of a tattoo.  As my curiosity grew and grew, it drew me closer to the tattoo scene and by the early 2000's I found myself smack dab in the middle of it. 

At that time in Brazil it was very difficult to find professional tattoo equipment.  The only places to find good tattooing equipment was in Sao Paulo or Rio de Janeiro through professional artists, and that's if they were even willing to sell it. I did not let that stop me. When I acquired my first set of equipment I had to teach myself how to tattoo because at that time tattoos were still taboo, so I started by tattooing friends. Around 2004, I was finally able to fully commit myself to tattooing professionally and was able to gain even more experience by traveling around Brazil.

Amidst my travels I met some well known tattoo artists that took me under their wing and taught me how to wield a needle, types of needles to use for best artistic results, but most importantly how to become a better artist in my trade. I had the incredible opportunity to spend four months in Japan learning traditional Japanese tattoos as well as the traditional techniques.

By 2006 I was back in Brazil and opened my first shop. I ran it successfully and I loved it, but my curiosity to learn more and grow as an artist overtook my love for my shop in 2013.  I packed up and moved to the US. I have found that my constant thirst to learn more and push my abilities as an artist have taken me to some of the most beautiful, as well as challenging places in the world.

My current drive and interest is realism work, as well as vibrant color tattoos.  That being said, there will always be my favorite genres, which include, but aren't limited to, Tribal, Polynesian, Maori, black and gray, traditional Japanese, animals, lettering and flora.

Jonathan Bunch

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