Nowadays people know him as a celebrity tattoo artist, since his Shamrock Social Club on Sunset Blvd. – in the heart of Hollywood – is like a well-worn red carpet that has ushered in some very famous film actors and actresses. Yet if we change perspective and shift our focus from his devoted celebrity clients, in reality Mark Douglas Patrick Mahoney is one of the pioneers of black and grey single needle.
His cultural background in tattoo art is enormous, as he has helped shape tattoo history, moving from the East to the West Coast, and from the Pike to Beverly Hills. So allow us to introduce you to Mr. Mahoney: a light-hearted, elegant dandy, sporting a stylish designer outfit with an eye for detail.
Here he tells us his story of a life dedicated to this art form: you can listen to his husky, mellow voice in the video below!
Interview by Margherita Baleni
Photos and video by Mario Teli