Our featured artist for the month of October is Todo, owner and artist at ABT Tattoo in McDonough, Georgia. Todo enjoys working on large scale projects and realism. He said, “I’m a detail freak with realism, sometimes I’m too literal and need to simplify . . . I think what I like the most is the ultimate challenge in creating tattoos that are above the normal.”
Todo has been tattooing for over 30 years and did his first tattoo in 1977. He told us, “in 1979 I told my Grandma that I was going to be a tattoo artist for a living. She sighed and frowned. I didn’t get much family support after that so, the long hard road began.”
Todo trained professionally at Skin Deep Tattoo in Hawaii for 8 years in the 90’s. During that time he “learned some important tattooing techniques and some hard character building lessons that humbled me.” It was also during this time that he discovered he liked working in realism.
In the late 90’s Todo moved to Georgia with his wife, Denise, and daughter, Kailee. After moving to the area he worked in a few shops – like Superior Skin Art in Columbus and Sacred Skin Art in Atlanta – where he says “I fine tuned my style and learned discipline and focus.”
Todo opened his own shop, ABT Tattoo in Atlanta, with his wife Denise in 2005. He told us, “I have a great crew that can tattoo everything from Realism to New Skool. I enjoy working everyday, collaborating and growing stronger with my tattooing family.”
Todo’s artistic pursuits aren’t limited to tattooing. He told us he is currently working on digital painting and that it “has become my new obsession.” He also enjoys oil painting, pencil/charcoal art, airbrush, and is learning copic markers.
Todo’s advice to someone looking to get his or her first tattoo:
“Research and think hard about what you want on your body for the rest of your life. Collect art that characterizes who you are and remember tattoo’s show people your story.”
Todo’s advice or tattoo artists who are just getting started:
“Find another line of work… Ha no, really the main thing is to stay humble respect your elders and never stop learning.”
Email | Phone: 770-320-9498
1182 Hwy 155
McDonough, Georgia 30253
*** Don’t forget to mention you saw him on PerfectTattooArtists.com!
Images © Todo Brennan