Su'a Sulu'ape Angela
"Tattoos have once again become a badge of honor."
I am Su'a Sulu’ape Angela, recognized worldwide as the first known woman in history to be taught the ancient Samoan art form of Polynesian hand-tap tattoo known as tatau, and to receive the Samoan chief title of Sulu’ape, which was bestowed upon me by Master Tattoo Artist Sulu’ape Petelo. I have also been blessed to have been taught machine tattooing by Master Tattoo Artist Kinzie Bolson who has been paramount in my knowledge of tattooing. I have been voted "Best Tattoo Artist in San Diego" multiple times, in several publications.
"Choose wisely the first time - you may not get a second chance."
Kinzie began his career as a carpenter. One fateful day, he offered to build a new tattoo studio for his own tattoo artist, who wanted to relocate. The new studio was built with two work stations, but someone needed to be hired to work the second one. Kinzie asked his artist if he would consider hiring him, and soon became the first apprentice of Master Tattoo Artist Greg Skibo, eventually resulting in Kinzie being considered a Master Tattoo Artist himself.
"Traditional Americana, and good solid tattooing."
Marlin tattooed for several years until he got a seat in a shop on the East Coast in 2005. He traveled, worked, and was a guest tattoo artist in several other shops along the East Coast until he was offered the opportunity to work with Master Tattoo Artist Kinzie Bolson in 2007.
He took the first plane to San Diego for the chance to learn from a great old-school artist.
"Learning the old-school way."
Originally I started out of high school to Junior College with a major in Nursing and a minor in Photography. I went down this path for six months, but it just didn't feel right -like it was for other people, but not myself.
I had thought about tattooing since I was about 15, and I am lucky to have a best friend whose parents are award-winning tattoo artists.