James J Sawyer – Tattooer

My names is James J. Sawyer AKA Mr. JJ. I am a tattoo artist from San Diego, California. It all started 20 years ago in the summer of ’96 in my best friends garage, I found my passion for tattooing and since have worked in some of the best shops around the world. From Mao n Cathy’s in Madrid, Spain, to Hanky Panky’s in Amsterdam, Dermafilia in Mexico City, to Tattoo Soul in Japan I have traveled far and learned techniques from many cultures. Here at home in Southern California I’ve had the chance to work in S.D. Tattoo, Por Vida in Upland, and GTC Tattooland in Anaheim which is where I worked for the 4 years leading up to opening my own shop in 2010, The Players Club Tattoo Parlor in Huntington Beach, California. Even with all of the ups and downs that come with the industry it has been a dream come true. It’s a blessing to be able to do what I love and to work with my brothers, Danny boy who opened the Sawyer Family Tattoo in Amsterdam and Chris over at World Wide 808 Tattoo in beautiful Hawaii. Between visiting and working with my brothers, spending time with friends and family and living in the stunning coastal Southern California, I can truly say that I am living the dream.

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