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An Interview with Tattoo Artist Carlos Macedo

Posted on November 22 2013

Carlos Macedo Tattoos The Game


Tat2X:  How long have you been involved in the tattoo business?

Carlos Macedo: I have been involved with tattooing for the last six years.

Tat2X:  What made you decide to become a tattoo artist?

Carlos Macedo: I have been an artist ever since I could hold a pencil but was encouraged to tattoo by a few friends and family members. For me, having my artwork displayed on the human body is an honor and privilege. This is one of the major reasons I decided to start tattooing.

Tattoo by Carlos Macedo


Tat2X:  How did you learn the art of tattooing? Did you apprentice?

Carlos Macedo: When I first started I took it upon himself to practice on people that were willing but was finally apprenticed by Franco Vescovi who is the owner of Vatican Studios.

Tat2X:  Are there any artists tattoo or otherwise that you admire?

Carlos Macedo: Artists that I admire would be Franco Vescovi, Chuey Quintanar, Mister Cartoon, Tim Hendrix, and Bob Tyrrell.

Tat2X:  Has any individual in particular influenced your career?

Carlos Macedo: Franco Vescovi has had a huge influence and impact on my career. I’m a firm believer having a mentor. There is always something you can learn as an artist.

Tat2X:  What would you say is your favorite part of the job?

Carlos Macedo: I love being able to make a living as an artist. It gives me such a good feeling to get paid to do what I love.

Tat2X:  How would you describe your style?

Carlos Macedo: I would describe my style as fine line black and grey. I love working with black and grey.

Tat2X: What’s the most unusual request for a tattoo design you’ve ever had? 

Carlos Macedo: Nothing really stands out as unusual. I respect my customers requests and none of them have been that strange to me.

Tat2X:  Do you have any advice for aspiring artists tattoo or otherwise? 

Carlos Macedo: I would say that no matter how good a person is, anyone can benefit from being an apprentice under a good tattoo artist. Take advantage of every opportunity.

Tupac Portrait by Carlos Macedo


Tat2X:  What kind of music do you like to listen to? 

Carlos Macedo: I listen to a lot of different genres but some of my favorite musicians are Tupac, Tech9, Bob Marley and Notorious Big just to name a few. I am a huge Notorious Big fan.

Tat2X:  What do you do to relax when you’re not at the studio? 

Carlos Macedo: I find spending time with my family is one of the most relaxing things I can do.

Tat2X:  Is there anything else we should know about you or your studio? 

Carlos Macedo: Vatican Studios is a one of a kind custom tattoo studio that has some of the best, world renowned, and award winning artists. We specialize in portraits, ultra realistic color, traditional, Japanese and unique custom tattoos. Vatican Studios is an appointment only custom tattoo shop.

About Tattoo Artist Carlos Macedo:
To see more of Tattoo Artist Carlos Macedo’s work you can go to his web site, or you can email him directly at, you can also Follow him on instagram @ .