This post is dedicated to one of the longest serving artist at Chronic Ink Tattoos.
In fact, we haven't told him yet, but Csaba Sipos aka Joe just won 2nd place for Large Black and Grey tattoo at the Art Montreal tattoo convention.
He's not here with us today because he doesn't enjoy large crowds and we figured the best way to surprise him is to have him find out for the first time on Facebook, and not just from us, but with all the fans he's gained over the years.
For those of you who didn't know us back in the day, Joe came to work with us 5 years ago when we were absolute nobodys.
We couldn't get enough clients, we were barely doing any tattoos and there was even a time Joe thought about leaving because he just wasn't get enough jobs.
But he didn't.
I still remember the day we had a conversation in front of Pacific Mall. Things weren't going good and I promised him I would do everything in my power to turn it around. I promised him things would get better and I believed it.
I believed our artists were too good to be without work, so I asked him to give me some time to make things better. He looked at me and said, "Okay bro, I trust you."
Fast forward 5 years to today and Joe has just won his first award. He has a ridiculous waiting list and he is also known as one of the best coverup artists in the city, heck, maybe the country. I don't know any artist that enjoys covering up tattoos more than Joe.
He has a very simple reason why he enjoys doing coverups, he says, "It makes people happy so I'm happy."
Well, my brother, I want to thank you for believing in me, in the vision we had together for Chronic Ink. You helped us build an amazing tattoo family and you represent everything I believe we did right at Chronic.
You deserve this bro. All of us were rooting for you today. You got yours and honestly I don't think it could have happened to a better person.
Enjoy it! We are bringing home the hardware for you.
Congrats and love from your Chronic Ink Family