Today we’d like to introduce you to Chance Ewing.
Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
I’m from Long Beach, California. I got an apprenticeship through Thomas Morgan up in Portland, Oregon when I was 19, started tattooing when I was 20. After my apprenticeship moved back to Long Beach and started tattooing there and in orange county area for roughly four years. My next move was to Pacific Beach, San Diego, started working on Garnet Street. There’s tons of shops on Garnet Street so I had to bounce around and see where I fit in but I ultimately ended up in Mission Beach Tattoo where I am today. I am a street shop-based tattooer. I pretty much do everything except realism work. I specialize in traditional tattooing, black and gray, script, Japanese, etc.
Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Well to start obviously tattooing isn’t the easiest form of making art, it’s permanent, it’s on somebody’s body it’s going to be there forever and you want to make sure it looks nice and good and will last that stand of time, I worked around a lot of Long Beach OG‘s that have been around the pike, Rick Walters and people from LA tattooing around the area for years so I’ve had a lot of old-school knowledge dropped on me working around the people I’ve been blessed to work with, I guess with practice makes perfect takes years to get good at tattooing, there are always learning curves along the way and new tricks you learned over the years. A lot of people are hard to work with as well, always have to take those factors in. I started painting flash when I apprenticed because I did graffiti art before that in high school and I just love to paint, so I hopped on the flash right away. That in itself is a huge struggle and learning curve. Bending needles re-springing machines making sure your machines are turned right that’s all a struggle and learning curve along tattooing. Just try to do the best you can and make sure it “Looks Good”.
Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I’m known for specializing in traditional art. I can also do black and gray fine line stuff but if someone has to let me choose, I’d pick something bold and colorful. I’m here to make people happy at the same time so come give me a challenge! I’m also known for making clean letters very nice script that’s legible. Traditional Japanese here in there, every traditional artist has their own little style when you look at their original flash, guess people just have to look at my profile and see mine everyone’s a little bit different.
We’d love to hear about how you think about risk taking?
You’re taking a risk when you get tattooed by someone by period. Just make sure you check out their work prior to your tattoo. Other than that, I risk my life doing many dangerous stupid shits, haha.
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- Email: Chanceewing@gmail.com
- Instagram: @Nochance