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, girlfriend and my work bring me all the joy in the world, without my family and clients, I don’t know what I would do.”
Originally from New Orleans, Joe has been tattooing of over 7 years, in Los Angeles more than 3 years. He now works by appointment. Joe specializes mostly in Neo-traditonal style designs and tattoos with bright colors. When asked about tattooing his response is “I enjoy and appreciate my craft to the fullest. I’m constantly trying to push myself to better my own standards. I look forward to creating timeless pieces of art for every individual I tattoo.”
MARLAINA MORTATI has been drawing and doodling as long as she can remember, although her passion for art really took off around 2004 when she started volunteering and the Riverside Art Museum in Riverside, CA. She studied fine art at Riverside Community College and Portland State University.
She went vegan on August 9, 2011. Her art shifted focus to vegan and animal rights themes in 2013 along with custom commission works. She was apprenticed as a tattooer under the mentoring of Andrew Sussman at DermalGrafix tattoo in Escondido, CA. She has recently relocated to Los Angeles and looks forward to tattooing you at Monocle Tattoo!
She specializes in animal designs in color or black and grey.