About Sin City Smitty
International Hip Hop Tattoo Artist to the Stars
Having the opportunity to tattoo a celebrity can be nerve racking. What if you had the chance to do it multiple times from Academy Award winning rap artists to Gold Medal winning Olympians? Sin City Smitty knows just how that feels. “I am ‘THE’ international hip hop tattoo artist to the stars.”
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Smitty grew up in a world where dreams and hard work weren’t simply pursued, they were achieved.
“Watching Big brother Tash, member of the American hip hop group Tha Alkaholiks, use his talents to accomplish his dreams; I used the same sort of hustle that he used in his rapping in my tattooing. That’s how I knew it was possible,” Smitty admits.
Smitty has been able to do work on West Coast rap artists RBX, Rosco and 40 Glocc of G-Unit and of course, DJ Paul of Academy Award winning rap group Three 6 Mafia, Super Bowl winning Linebacker Brandon Marshall and even Gold Medal Winning Olympic athletes Cullen Jones and Conor Dwyer of the USA Olympic Swim Team.
What began as a passion for graphic design turned him into a skilled designer of the skin.
With a degree in graphic design, Smitty hadn’t considered becoming a tattoo artist. While designing apparel he came into contact with extreme athletes and their extreme tattoos. “I knew I liked tattoos, but growing up in Ohio I didn’t realize how popular they were until I moved to California,” he recollects. It wasn’t until he was approached by California tattoo artist, Mario Skulls, that he transferred his work from computer and paper to the human body. “I learned a lot about the profession from getting tattoos,” Smitty recognizes, as he mentions he only had two before he pursued his own inking career. Currently, he has multiple tattoos, from multiple artists.