“Nice ink, where’d you get that it done??” It’s a sentence that hopefully all of us who have ink hear at least a few times in our body art careers. Since my first encounter with Rev. Fish, that question has become all too familiar for me. Working out of Whole Addiction (located in Coral Springs) the man has been using his god given gifts to paint up the town since February 2003. At the time the shop’s owner, John Miller, won a legal tug of war with the city in order to open the first legitimate tattoo studio in the area. Reverend Fish hit the ground running, executing Coral Spring’s first tattoo with quickness and still going strong today.
When you think of a hardworking family man with a military background, this tattoo artist isn’t what comes to mind. But don’t let the ink fool you, underneath his tatted exterior lies an intelligent artisan whose dedication to his craft is peerless. While working full time in the Navy Fish became an apprentice in 1993 and continued his artistic education every way possible. Stored between this man’s temples is the cumulative knowledge of 17+ years of attending seminars, workshops, and going over texts. His work station is a testament to his personal history, sitting next to his chair is a small personal library containing the most referenced works of his. “I love doing many different styles of tattooing including fine line Black & grey realism such as portraits, bold new school color work, and traditional Japanese-style tattooing. Although these are some favorites, I can do whatever you like, whether it is super-detailed biomechanical to super-simple traditional American tattoos.” Fish is the shit, if your considering getting a tattoo, it should be done by him. Nuff said.
“Colors of Mayville” -
Uber conservatively raised Maytee Bringas, 36, did not bat an eye at 22 when she got her first tattoo. “It was something off the wall but I’d been yearning for a tattoo since the age of 15,” recalls Bringas. “Once I had it, I was hooked.”
Fourteen years later and nearly fully tattooed, Bringas’s enthusiasm for tattooing hasn’t waned. In fact, her keen eye for design and color has led her to expand her tattoo skills to the world of art and fashion.
In 2006, Bringas launched Mayeville, a print collection of colorful and lighthearted girlish illustrations. These Sanrio inspired designs are both, irreverent and innocent, playful yet sexy – qualities which are completely reflective of the artist.
“My art is cute and bubbly,” explains Bringas. “Mayeville is a delusional world full of sweet characters. I use simple bold lines with lots of color, like Hello Kitty – I love to draw this type of art.”
Through Mayeville, Bringas hopes to further develop the brand by developing a clothing and accessories line.
Bringas credits husband Phat Joe, of famed ink spot, Phat Joe’s Tattoo Parlour, with encouraging her to explore her artistic instincts. As co-owner of Phat Joe’s, Bringas honed the artistic inclinations long buried from her days as a youth at Hialeah Junior High School.
“I was surrounded by art and it re-sparked my need to draw,” says Bringas. “I’ve always been an artist. I didn’t do anything or pursue it until I met Joe because I didn’t think it was hot.”
Clearly, Bringas’ playful illustrations are hot and in demand.
“I love what I do. It will never get old,” asserts Bringas. “This is my lifestyle.”