James J Sawyer – Tattooer

Hello 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 then I have made it a point to work in some of the best shops around the world. From Mao n Cathy’s in Madrid Spain; where I met my mentor and big brother Chino, we traveled to Hanky Panky’s in Amsterdam. Down to Dermafilia the oldest shop in Mexico City, and all the way to Tattoo Soul of the Horitoshi Family in Tokyo Japan. Throughout my travels I’ve learned many techniques from different cultures. Here at home in Southern California I’ve had the opportunity to work at S.D. Tattoo, Por Vida in Upland, and the world famous Good Time Charlie’s Tattooland in Anaheim. Where I put in 4 years working for Jack Rudy before opening up my own shop in 2010. The Players Club Tattoo Parlor in Huntington Beach California, where it’s a swell of a ship for the captain and a hell of a ship for the crew. It’s a blessing to be able to do what I love and also work with my brothers who started tattooing shortly after I did. Danny Boy who owns the Sawyer Family Tattoo in Amsterdam and Mr Chris over at 808 Tattoo in beautiful Hawaii. Despite all of the ups and downs that come with the industry it has been a dream come true. Between tattooing and spending quality time with friends and family, I can honestly say that I am living the dream.

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