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Today we’d like to introduce you to Johnny Montejo.

Johnny, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I have always loved art. Growing up I would sit and draw or paint on a regular bases until my mom would yell at me to give my eyes a break. I would draw all day in school to pass the time, to the point that I once got suspended from school for turning my desk into a mural, not my proudest moment but it happened. Most of my artwork leading up to my tattooing career consisted of a mixture of realism, landscapes and graffiti. It wasn’t until I met my good friend and now fellow artist Hector Lopez that I fell in love with the style of artwork I do today.

Fast forward to a few years later and I managed to obtain an apprenticeship at Good Neighbor Tattoo, I apprenticed there for about 2 years and learned a lot from my mentor Nicholas Crawford another Traditional rooted artist. I graduated my apprenticeship in 2015 and left Good Neighbor the year after just to find myself back to home base 2 years later. In the 3 years I’ve been tattooing I am blessed to say I have worked with plenty of amazing artists who have inspired me and pushed me to do better and work harder. My career hasn’t been a walk in the park, but I love everything about it and the artist and human being it is shaping me into

We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
The artwork I do and style of tattooing that I enjoy doing is based off of American Traditional. To me It’s a timeless style that will hold up with time. My goal is to make bright and bold designs that make sense the minute you see them.

The sterotype of a starving artist scares away many potentially talented artists from pursuing art – any advice or thoughts about how to deal with the financial concerns an aspiring artist might be concerned about?
Honestly Everything at first. As far as tattooing goes it’s not my place to give advice on it other than find a proper apprenticeship and work hard to graduate it! As for art pieces and art supplies Coupons and sales have saved me on many occasions. Blick and Michaels are the way to go. Things might be a little pricey but it’s smart to invest in the proper supplies. It will make your life a lot less stressful. Also learn to manage your money and look at the big picture. A lifelong career is worth more than a night out.

Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
If you’re interested in seeing my work You can find most of my pieces on my Instagram
@SanctifiedEntity Or stop by Good Neighbor Tattoo in San Marcos CA.

Contact Info:

  • Address: 744 Grand Ave
    Unit 101 San Marcos, CA 92078 United States
  • Phone: 760-518-4858
  • Email: sanctifiedentity@gmail.com
  • Instagram: Sanctifiedentity

Image Credit:
Picture Credit for photo of me
Jeri Perez
@rezuhloot
Emanon Clothing
@emanon_emn

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