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rockers who tattoo: am conspiracy’s jason “gong” jones talks about sinking the ink

REVOLVER How long have you been tattooing?
JASON "GONG" JONES 15 years.

How and why did you start?
I've been drawing ever since I can remember. I was dating this girl that was a piercer for a while and I guess just being around that scene was what really got me into tattooing.

Where you tattoo?
I work at Horseshoes & Handgrnades, 1012 N. Mills Avenue, Orlando, Florida.

What piece are you the most proud of?
The Sailor Jerry pinup girl face. I know it's not the most technically difficult piece - and I've seen it done quite few times by other artists - but I just like the way it came out.

How would you describe your style?
In life, I feel like I'm a cartoon of myself, so I guess my art reflects maybe "cartoon realism?"

What's the most annoying client you've ever dealt with?
I had a lady shit herself while I was tattooing her lower back. That was pretty fucking annoying... Luckily I was almost done.


Photo of Jones by Jose Figueroa-Baez.


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