While I was learning to tattoo I would often hear of the artist Doug Mendoza from the tattooers I worked with. This was a time before tattooers portfolio’s were on the internet, and you could only find their art if they were worthy enough to have their art published in a magazine. If you were a tattooer that had been published your validity and stature was unquestionable. When someone would mention Doug Mendoza’s name to me it was always paired with “his work is in magazines”. I knew that not only did I have to meet Doug Mendoza but I would need to be tattooed by him if I wished to be a better artist. Thankfully my friend introduced me and despite my naivety I made a good enough impression on him to be invited back. Throughout the years I got tattooed by Doug, I would drive an hour one way just to show him drawing I had been working on to have him critique them. We would talk about tattooers, artists, painting, tattoo application, and sometimes just about life. Over the years this person who at one point was the elusive and revered artist who’s work intimidated me became one of my close friends. Doug came home to New Hampshire on a visit from Hawaii and I got the opportunity to record this conversation. Similar to the ones we used to have while he was tattooing me or during one of my many visit seeking his artistic insight.
Doug has since closed his shop in New Hampshire and currently live in Hilo Hawaii. You can find his work by visiting the following links
and on instagram @dugmendoza
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