Sam Yamini has come a long way since getting his first tattoo in a trailer. Originally from Las Cruces, New Mexico, he has been tattooing for fourteen years and is a founder of with Andy Canino , Jason Boatman and Brian Thurow . Westword recently sat down with Yamini, who talked about his first tattoo experience, running a business and his focus on aesthethics.
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Westword: Does art from your hometown influence your work?
Sam Yamini: No, not really. I just happened into it there. That’s where I’m from, that’s where I started, but that’s not where I got most of my tattooing education.
How did you get into tattooing?
Randomly, I met a biker guy in the parking lot of a grocery store and got tattooed in his tow-behind trailer when I was sixteen. He ended up teaching me how to tattoo. He stuck around and opened a shop in my hometown, so I worked under him for a little over a year before he wandered on in his ways.
Can you tell me a little bit about Dedication and why you decided to open the shop? Absolutely. The shop has been open for a little over a year now. We all have worked together for a while and just wanted to make our own way, find our niche and provide a different sort of experience, a different sort of environment for our clients. Kind of take things […]