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Art & Life with Rob Benavides

Today we’d like to introduce you to Rob Benavides.

Rob Benavides. Classic style Tattooer, autodidact painter/illustrator. Father of three. Married to Medical Social Worker and pediatric Cannabis advocate, Allison Benavides. Born/raised San Antonio, Texas. After brief apprenticeship, began tattooing professionally in 1994, In Chicago, Illinois. Settled in San Diego, CA 1996.

Worked for several years under the renowned Fip Buchanan. I opened my current shop, the distinguished and World Renowned Flying Panther Tattoo, on Broadway in Golden Hill, on Cinco de Mayo, 2006. TAnd here we are.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
Every Tattoo is a collaboration. I am blessed to have beautiful Clients who want me to visually express their ideas. I translate them via my personal style, rooted in classic/traditional tattoo technique. My work is heavily informed by Chicano Culture, and by So Cal subculture in general. My style is heavily influenced by primitive and indigenous Art, particularly Mexica Art.

Artists rarely, if ever pursue art for the money. Nonetheless, we all have bills and responsibilities and many aspiring artists are discouraged from pursuing art due to financial reasons. Any advice or thoughts you’d like to share with prospective artists?
Endeavor to Persevere. Work through all of it. People get through tough Times. Burn the midnight oil. It’s the only way.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
Everyone is welcome to stop by my shop, Flying Panther Tattoo. Images of tattoo work and original paintings are always on view. Doors are open from noon-8 daily, stop in to chat. My new paintings are typically circulating the world in gallery shows, shops, in books and online. Currently I have work in the Barrio All-stars group show opening May 11 at Sergott Contemporary Art, Rancho Santa Fe. Also now at Project Reo Collective in Paradise Hills.

Contact Info:

  • Address: 2323 Broadway
    Golden Hill in
    San Diego, CA 92102
  • Website:
  • Phone: 619-238-5713
  • Email:
  • Instagram: @gorillaboxer
  • Facebook: Flying Panther Tattoo
  • Other: @flyingpanthertattoo

Image Credit:
Pics by me

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