Today we’d like to introduce you to Alessio Ricci.
Alessio, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I think I’ve always been an artist. When I was a little kid, I used to draw a lot of caricatures and Walt Disney cartoon characters. I became interested in tattooing when I was 16 after I watched my best friend get his first tattoo, which was a tiger on his shoulder. I was hooked after that. At the age of 23, I met Maurizio Fiorini, who changed my life by introducing me to the art of tattooing. I worked at Maurizio’s shop for about 3 years, during which time I met my friend and fellow tattooed Marco Cerretelli. At that time the demand for tattoos was low in Italy so Marco and I took the chance to move to the States working in Brooklyn, New York. We only meant to stay for three months, but we ended up staying there for 2 years. I decided to move to California after I got in contact with a tattoo shop in San Diego. I worked at a few shops before I met Fip Buchanan, the owner of Avalon Tattoo 2, who gave me the opportunity to work for him. I was lucky to be surrounded by great artists who worked on large scale projects which eventually inspired my own work. I learned a lot in the 8 years that I worked at Fip’s shop, working there gave me the opportunity to develop my own style and grow as an artist.
Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I’m a tattoo artist. Most the tattoos that I create are either Japanese or American Traditional. I prefer to work on large scale pieces because I like how powerful they look on the human body and how recognizable they are from a distance. People often contact me for consultations after seeing my work online or on the streets. I consider myself lucky to have so many clients who allow me to put my art on their body and I constantly strive to improve my work with each new project.
How do you think about success, as an artist, and what do quality do you feel is most helpful?
I think that a successful artist is someone who can not only keep themselves busy and working consistently, but is also happy to show up to work every day and find the motivation to improve their art.
What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
I think the best ways to see my work are on Instagram, my personal website or the shop website. People can support me by getting tattooed by me!
- Address: Remington Tattoo 3009 Myrtle Ave. San Diego, CA, 92104
- Website: alessioricci.com
- Phone: 6192746254
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: @alessioricci
Photos by my iphone