I did my first tattoo in 1993…I started out as the “shop girl” at Liberty Tattoo; I figured it would be a fun job until I figured out what I wanted to be when I grew up. I still haven’t figured it out…. I am very thankful for all that tattooing has allowed me to do, and for all of the amazing people I meet while doing something I love.
My love of art began in early childhood with crayons and pens; I developed a world on paper (and sometimes walls) that fed my creative heart. I drew and kept journals of my creations and still do. Art in all its forms has always moved me, and I feel blessed to be able to use my passion for Art to transform the bodies of the people who entrust their aspirations for transformation and personal expression to me. As an adult I have studied Fine Art and have developed a multitude of interests in other creative forms such as Sacred Fire Dance, Painting, Jewelry making, and Performance Art which all feed into how I craft and deliver my creations as a tattooist. I have been professionally tattooing since 1998 and while I am based out of Sacramento, I love to travel and have worked in various cities and countries. I have been honored to work at conventions such as Saipan, Lady Luck, Seattle, and Long Beach. While my work is a central and significant part of who I am I also love to study healing arts, learn about the world around me, and treasure the time I have with my family and friends. Thank you for taking the time to look at my Art, I hope you find something in it that moves you.
My name is Josh Turpin and I have been tattooing for the past five years. Art has always played a huge role in my life, consuming everything i do and visible in every aspect of my life.
Art is an expression, its something we do, out of a need to express ourselves. We take all of our life experiences ,love ,desire, hope, and all things that are going on on the inside and attempt to explain them without using words on the outside. Thus the absolute intrigue of tattooing…My aim is to be a vessel in achieving beautiful and permanent self expression on every client.