Greg James of Tattoos Deluxe, Sherman Oaks, California, is one of the foremost tattoo artists in the world (and also a really nice guy). A veteran of nearly 30 years in the tattoo industry, Greg has not only tattooed thousands of clients (including celebrities here in Hollywood) but has also appeared on various television programs including The Discovery Channel’s “Tattoo!: Beauty, Art, and Pain.”
It was a lucky day indeed when Greg agreed to draw the line art for The Tattoo Encyclopedia. Although his specialty is large, custom, Japanese-style tattoo, he’s done it all — as can be seen by the enormous variety of images for the book — everything from military insignia to wildlife and from Norse runes to Zodiac signs.
And, of course, he’s tattooed celebrities: Kirk Alley (owner of Eleven Eleven Tattoo), Pat Badge (Extreme), Frankie Banali (Quiet Riot), Nuno Bettencourt (Extreme), Bobby Blotzer (Ratt), Chris Cashmore (owner of Tattoo Power, Canberra, Australia), John Corabi (Mötley Crüe), Mark Dektor (director), Sarah Michelle Gellar (actress), Pauly Greenwood (drummer), Tracii Guns (L. A. Guns), Horicho (Japanese Tattoo Master), Johhny Hollywood (owner of 13 Roses Tattoo Parlour), Jesse James (West Coast Choppers), Joan Jett, Tommy Lee (Mötley Crüe), Oliver Leiber (musician and producer), Mick Mars (Mötley Crüe), Chris McMillan (celebrity hairstyler), Russell Mitchell (CEO of Exile Cycles), Vince Neil (Mötley Crüe), Keith Nelson (Buckcherry), Ozzy Osbourne, Ashley Purdy (Black Veil Brides), Denise Richards, Charlie Sheen, Nikki Sixx (Mötley Crüe), Joshua Todd (Buckcherry), and Léa Vendetta (owner of Léa’s Lounge).
Tattoos Deluxe is THE shop. See more of Greg’s outstanding work at the newly redesigned web site.
Did I mention Greg’s a heck of a nice guy? He’s also booked months in advance.
A little bit from Greg: “Most people enjoy the fact that I continue to be accessible to my clients. I make my own appointments and discuss their tattoo work in person. I feel very lucky that I have been able to find something that I love to do and to make a living at doing it. Why get an average tattoo when you can have it DELUXE!”