The Most Awarded Tattoo Artist of NY
Matt is an Army infantry veteran, who started out in a street shop. Having to adapt to many different artistic styles and influences, the result is his high-intensity fusion of illustrative and realistic elements. Matt's artwork always turns heads, not only because of how stunning it looks, but because of the beautiful confidence it instills in his clients. Matt has over 150 tattoo awards, wouldn't you like to say that your tattoo won some gold?
Matt is known especially for his cover-ups. His clever approach treats the old tattoo as the structure for which the new tattoo is disguising. When Matt covers another tattoo, there's no way to see what was there previously. Many artists just slap a tattoo on top of the old one, which allows the covered artwork to resurface, which in Matt's opinion, is completely unacceptable. If you're looking to cover something, it's because it wasn't a good tattoo/choice to begin with, or has unpleasant memories attached, and the goal should be get rid of any reminders, and not let them show through.
Matt is a well known artist, because of this his schedule is very tight. Please look at all of the artists working at Oculus, as Matt can't take every client. While he will review every tattoo request, he has a responsibility to the other artists in the shop. If another artist is better equipped for a certain project, he will hand it off to that artist. If you are given to another artist, it is only out of fairness and opinion. Matt will not give your project to someone that will screw it up, he will simply give it to whomever is the best artist for you.
Matt is at a point in his career where he only does large scale projects. His standard rate is $200/hr, he also has a $500/3hr session, as well as $1,000/6hr session. Military and veterans will receive 10% off his standard rate.
Matt will turn down some projects. Anything hateful, drug related or generally a bad idea, won't even receive a response.
Matt and Oculus receive many tattoo requests (especially during tax season). You may not get an immediate reply, be patient, we will get to you in the order received.
Be prepared to send additional references and photos of the tattoo location. A $200 deposit is required to book an appointment, this deposit will remain untouched until the final tattoo session, as it secures your appointment. Deposits are non-refundable, and will be forfeited if you do not show up for your appointment, or fail to reschedule 10 working days prior to appointment date.
Matt Is Always Creating Something
Be it a series of tattoos that follow a theme, clothing designs, or another shop remodeling project, he's always working on something new and exciting. With the introduction of the photography studio, he is working on a new portfolio project with Sara.
THE STATES OF FIFTY
A 50 Part Tattoo Series
Home is where the heart is, and though you may leave home, it should have a special place in your heart, and for some clients, it's a special place on their body! Matt has an on-going project, that, when finished will be turned into a book. The idea is that each of the 50 states are special, and while some things are obvious, there are others that make sense only to the person wearing the artwork. Matt is still early in this project with only New York, Alabama, Washington, Maine, California and Hawaii complete. Other states have been claimed, but haven't been tattooed yet, and many still remain. Certain states are reserved for conventions only, like North Carolina, and Pennsylvania. Want to be a part of the project? Ask if your state is still available. Special pricing is available.
Art For Your Walls
Matt doesn't go anywhere without his art supplies. Constantly drawing, he continually produces new illustrations, that are in store ready to go home with you. $10 gets you an 11x14" or 11x17" piece of artwork, ready for framing and display.
MINDLESS DRONE PRINTING CO.
Love Your Clothing As Much As Your Tattoos
Not getting tattooed right now, but still want that Oculus flair? Well, look no further, Matt and Derrick are screen printers. Oculus Branded gear is always present and for sale, but they also take custom orders. Visit MindlessDronePrinting.com for more information.