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Black Claw Needle Tattoo Spotlight: Jose Araujo

Some days I miss the hazy skies and suffocating heat of Los Angeles. But mostly I miss the thriving art community. One such artist was right under our noses when we lived in Santa Monica, Jose Araujo. Araujo tattoos at Midtown in L.A., but also does residences in SF, and I know there’s a lot of you who are going to be hitting him up once you’ve taken a look at the work he does. His artwork is in the Chicano vein of Teen Angel, and his tattoo style is one I haven’t seen a lot of. He uses a single needle to produce fine, delicate lines, making even his reapers and smoking guns turn into ethereal creatures. His work is very distinctive, and I’m stoked that in the near future I’ll be adding some of it to my own canvas. He’s also got a web shop where you can buy his zine and tees and hats featuring his artwork. Check out Jose Araujo’s skills below!

 

For the homie Ray. Taking appointments for SAN FRANCISCO March 16-19. Contact JoseAraujotattoos@gmail.com

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Hand with Rose from my flash for Cameron. SAN FRANCISCO March 16-19. Hit that contact button to set something up!

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Chevrolet for Natalie. SAN FRANCISCO March 16-19. Hitbthay contact button to set something up!

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For Jenna. SAN FRANCISCO March 16-19. Hitbthay contact button to set something up!

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Skull for Andrew.

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Baby spider for Elle.

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Healed.

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One for Natalie.

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Rose for @salinalafeminista for appointments email josearaujotattoos@gmail.com or hit that contact button.

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For appointments email josearaujotattoos@gmail.com or hit that contact button.

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Reaper on my boi @rory_toole

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2017 is gonna be wild

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Housemade

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Fear the Reaper #josearaujo #tattoo #grimreaper #fineline #blackandgrey

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For @matthewisms #scorpion #tattoo #finelinetattoo #josearaujo #fineline #blackandgrey

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One I did for @jusontask

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For the homie @jesusantoni0

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Dog Pound, right peck healed left fresh.

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Coolin’ #josearaujo #midtowntattoo #mikemalone #rollo #oldenglish

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Couldn’t get a good flick #midtowntattoo #josearaujo #rosegang

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On my homeboi @nathanalexisbrown

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Meghan MacRae grew up in Vancouver, Canada, but spent many years living in the remote woods. Living in the shadow of grizzly bears, cougars and the other predators of the wilderness taught her about the dark side of nature, and taught her to accept her place in nature's order as their prey. She is co-founder of CVLT Nation.

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