JAMES SPOONER owns and operates Monocle Tattoo. Having become vegan over 2o years ago, he pioneered vegan tattooing in Los Angeles in order to be consistent with his politics and lifestyle. He is a well-rounded tattooer, proficient in black and grey, dot work, cover ups and working with all shades of skin color.
He describes himself as a pretty literal tattooer. “I’d be happy tattooing portraits, pictures of animals, and pretty ladies all day everyday”. One of his favorite things about tattooing is challenging clients to be more creative with their ideas. “You want a song lyric? Let’s illustrate the song instead! You want a bible verse? Let’s recreate a scene from the bible on your arm!”
Finally he says, “my kids and my work bring me all the joy in the world, without my family and clients, I don’t know what I would do.”