Arnoldo Carrillo has been tattooing since the 1980s, translating his gift for fine art drawing on canvas, unto unique tattoo art on skin. In 1992, he opened Shades of Gray Dermagraphics in Austin, Texas.
Rather than working from templates, Arnoldo's art springs from a collaboration between the artist and the client. His gentle, positive, nature creates an environment for the client and artist to share in the tattoo creation.
The requests for specific tattoo designs are as varied as his clients. He may be asked to create accurate photographic facial images, 2000 year old native Mayan glyph designs, native american primal designs, photographic realism of people, beautiful objects in nature, comic strip characters, or images from his imagination...
Client's requests are thoughtfully considered with discussion continuing throughout the process, with the intention of fulfilling the request to the client's ultimate satisfaction.siness here.
Interview by the UT Art Department. 2001
Some people do their art on paper, canvas, or glass. Arnoldo Carrillo does his art on skin, where his intricate, lifelike tattoos inspire admiration and repeat business. He knows that he loses some business because some people wont go over to the East side. Too bad for them, they miss Arnoldos art as well as his ideas on life.
Directors: Eric Jenkins and Steven Ray