We had the good fortune of connecting with Shaggy and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Shaggy, we’d love to start by asking you about lessons learned. Is there a lesson you can share with us?
For me personally it has been dedication and the drive to always progress and constantly learn and adapt. In the tattoo industry, its very saturated but at the same time very closed off. Part of my progression has been being around other artist that have the same drive and passion for the art. Part of the beauty of ink is giving people what they want and seeing their reaction and also giving people closure especially with memorial tattoos. It’s something special that someone wears forever, The connection and relationships that have developed with people that wear my ink is a feeling that you can’t explain. Tattoos have given me a great connection to people of all cultures, ethnicity, and something that I take very serious. Part of me lives with their tattoo. In everyday life I tend to be a introvert but tattooing has brought me closer to people and is not only calming and therapeutic for myself but its a time I listen to people ad hear their stories. Almost becoming a therapist at the same time!

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I specialize in black and grey tattooing and have been tattooing going on 6 years now. It was a hard road but and I’m not afraid to admit that I spent 7 years incarcerated and was something that had to happen in my life to be the person I am today. I spent many hours and years working on my craft, escaping the reality I was in through art. I lost some important people in my life during that time and that was the hardest, most helpless feeling in my life. My son was born while I was incarcerated and I would always say when he was born a new way of thinking was born for me. Needless to say its been a journey and a lot of hard work. I just want people to know success can come from dark times, never quit, and always follow your dreams. 2GroovyStudios is a story of dedication, manifestation, and love.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
This is most definitely a difficult question for me! The city has so much variety of things to do, I’m not sure I could say anything specific. Really depends on mood and what they are interested in doing. I spend so much time working and preparing things for clients I don’t have the most time. Unfortunately fo us tattoo artist our hours are very different but I would love them to see the shop, even get a tattoo! The off days are mostly consumed with family time but honestly whatever they feel like doing we can make happen in Dallas!

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
To my papa who gave me the love for art and always encouraged me to draw, paint, and create. Along with all the people who never gave up on me when times where tough and alway believed in me. I love all you guys.

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