Introducing this month's ARTIST SPOTLIGHT! Our talented family artist from Concord, NH is Jonnie. He has been with us for a while and his work is absolutely stunning (see below). Jonnie is a tattoo artist and owner of Golden Order Tattoo in New Hampshire and has been in the tattoo game for 6 years now. He specializes in Neo-traditional tattoos with muted color tones and lots of varying line weights. If you're ever wandering through the New Hampshire landscapes, don't miss a chance to swing by his shop. And for those of you who might be a tad far from Jonnie, be sure to give his social media channels a visit!
SHOP: Golden Order Tattoo
ABOUT YOU: TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF. WHERE CAN PEOPLE FIND YOU/ SOCIAL MEDIA @'s?
I'm a tattooer and owner of Golden Order Tattoo out of New Hampshire and I've been at it for six years. I specialize in Neo-traditional tattoos with muted color tones and lots of varying line weights. When I'm not tattooing I'm frequently out in nature seeking inspiration or spending time with friends and family. You can find me on Instagram under the handle @jmc.tattoo or you can find me on my shop website www.goldenordertattoo.com
WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT MAVERICK?
I love Maverick for its grass roots vibe; keeping things really personal with every purchase. You can tell they really appreciate your patronage with the signed thank you cards they place in every delivery. They have been right by my side since I started working with them and always go out of their way to represent the artists they sponsor. This is an organization about the artists. I love their product for sure, I don't use anything else. High quality cartridge's and awesome shop materials like bio-degradable bottle bags, clip cord covers, ink caps etc. Oh and their packaging is awesome.
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE GROUPINGS AND OR MAVERICK SUPPLIES YOU USE WHILE TATTOOING?
I like running their tight liners and open mags, specifically the 15 curved mag and the 23 curved mags. I use their bottle bags, and clip cord covers as a way to cut down on plastic waste. I love that Maverick includes bio-degradable options.
THE PENGUIN IS THE MAVERICK FOUNDER'S SPIRIT ANIMAL. WHAT'S YOUR SPIRIT ANIMAL? & WHY?
this is a tough one.. Maybe a sloth? I like to relax as often as I have the chance haha.
CAN YOU DESCRIBE YOUR FIRST TATTOO EXPERIENCE ? HOW OLD WERE YOU? WHAT WAS IT OF AND WHO WAS THE ARTIST ?
My first tattoo experience is technically a stick and poke I did on my own wrist when I was fifteen. As far as being tattooed in a shop I was 18 and I got a sun and moon on my wrist done by Matt Clark. He currently works out of Meredith NH at Midnight Moon tattoo. Solid guy, would recommend.
TOP 3 ARTISTS YOU ADMIRE. CAN YOU GIVE US A BRIEF DESCRIPTION?
1.Viviana Calvo- for her use of bright color and really intricate designs 2.Ulyss Blair- I just love his portrayal of animals (have you seen his birds?)3.Rob Borbas- His work is just wild so detailed. I can look at his work all day long.
WHAT ARE SOME FUNNY TATTOO MOMENTS YOU HAVE?
Early in my career I had a client come in that wanted some script. They showed me what they wanted- it was spelled incorrectly so I pointed that out but they insisted. So after trying to convince them to correct the spelling error I just did the tattoo. They later wanted a refund because it was spelled incorrectly..... I thought it was funny.
IF YOU WERE TO CHOOSE A BAND TO BEST DESCRIBE YOUR ARTWORK, WHICH BAND WOULD YOU CHOOSE AND WHY?
I probably have to go a little old school and say Brand New. Its got a moody sort of feel at times, but can also brighten up when needed.
IF YOU WERE TO WIN "BEST TATTOOER IN THE WORLD" LOL, WHO WOULD YOU THANK AND WHY?
I'd thank my closest friends in the industry for constantly being a source of inspiration and growth. People like Randy Burnham, Bill Quindley, Neil Comeau, Gian Karle.. I could go on and on.
SECRET HIDDEN TALENT? WHAT IS IT?
I can do a head stand.. Shhh *don't tell anyone*.
WHAT IS YOUR KRYPTONITE?
Video games... I can lose whole days just gaming away in a dark room.
ANY PERSON OR ANIMAL THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO TRADE PLACES WITH FOR THE DAY?
My cat for sure. Sleep, eat, and play all day? like could life get better?
WHAT BOOK OR MOVIE WOULD YOU SAY EVERYONE SHOULD READ OR WATCH? WHY WOULD YOU RECOMMEND THAT SPECIFIC ONE?
The Lord of The Rings. Book or film. You wanna see a good example of friendship?
WHICH STATE ARE YOU LOCATED? WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT WHERE YOU LIVE AND WHY?
I'm currently located in New Hampshire. I love that I'm close to Boston, the ocean, and a massive mountain range. There is always something to do yet its nice and quiet at home.
WHAT IS SOMETHING WEIRD YOU DO BEFORE BEDTIME?
I do yoga, is that weird?
WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IS THE BEST WAY TO DEAL WITH STRESS' THAT THE BUSY TATTOO LIFE CAN BRING ON?
Take some time off here and there. I take a week off every month just to do things that I love and spend time doing leisurely things . DONT WORK SEVEN DAYS A WEEK- the hustle aint going anywhere.
DO YOU HAVE A MOMENT THAT CHANGED YOUR LIFE? DO YOU MIND SHARING?
I was working in a street shop for a couple years in my early career, but I wanted to specialize and focus on neotrad. I saw that Randy or @rb.tattoo was looking for help at his shop so I hit him up thinking what's the harm in trying. He responded and took me on and from there my career took off and I got to learn from one of the best I believe in this country. Pretty life changing.
WHO IS THE MOST UNIQUE CLIENT YOU HAVE EVER MET?
Probably the one client I had who brought in a sleeve he designed printed on paper with exact measurements to his arm. He wanted the tattoo EXACTLY as it was in his mock up. So I did it... and he hated it. Never saw him again.
DOES THE CONSTANT PRESSURE AND CHALLENGE OF PROMOTING YOURSELF ON SOCIAL MEDIA EXAUST YOU OR IS IT SECOND NATURE?
It is single handedly... My least favorite part of the job.