Tattooing since 2007 Leo Cardenas (Revolution Ink) is quickly making a name for himself in the tattoo world. His artwork is top quality and yet he is aware that he will always be learning. Raised within the world of tattooing (father, Mando Cardenas) and always surrounded by legends, Leo strives daily to be the best that he can be as he continues his journey of gaining as much knowledge as possible.
Joey: Who has been the biggest influence in your tattooing and who gave you your first shot?
Leo: I have a ton of influences, sometimes I feel like I’m over consumed with things that I like. I’m really influenced by Filip Leu, and Shiges tattooing. Growing up in the Bay Area I feel my favorite artist were all around this area. Ever since I was small I remember my dad’s old band Insolence throwing house parties and playing shows at our house. All of my dads band mates and friends were all getting tattooed by guys like GRIME, Adrian Lee, Paco Excel, Schmoe, and I was always intrigued by their tattoos. At that the time it was a lot of graffiti style influence. I find new inspirations all the time, and there always changing and growing. I think when I get tattooed by some of my friends they become a big influence on me, almost like there artwork becomes a part of me too. I’ve been tattooed my Taki of S.O.G, Schmoe, my good friend Mac does great portraits, my friends Gary from L.A does really cool traditional stuff with a realistic feel. Some of those guys were the only people who would help me learn a lot about tattooing and still do.
Joey: Your Japanese work is very well done, as is all your work. Where did the passion for the Japanese arts come from? [Read more...]