TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - His love for tattooing at an early age has taken him as far as winning national competitions.
Anthony Michaels is no stranger in his hometown.
After winning Season 7 of the hit show Ink Master, Michaels expresses how grateful he is for the recognition he gets on a daily basis. His impact has people from across the country booking Michaels to leave a permanent impression on them.
“Tattooing became a thing for me in seventh grade. I remember seeing a teacher during recess, his sleeve kinda rose up and I dropped the basketball or whatever I was doing. Ran over there and asked ‘what is that?’ He explained the process and it clicked.”
Since his grand victories, Michaels opened his own shop. Now, a little over a year later, he’s joined by multiple tattoo artists who help complete and balance out the work environment.
“I really want to use my platform to see if I can make a positive difference in this industry,” he said.