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I'm Jeff Gogue (pronounced go-gway). I did my first tattoo in August of 1999, and began tattooing full time August of 2000. Self taught, I've been influenced by people like Robert Hernandez, Nikko Hurtado, Shige, Bob Tyrrell, and Joe Capobianco. I've been somewhat mentored by Cory Norris of Classic Tattoo, Grass Valley, California, and Kevin Cox of Aces Tattoo, in Reno Nevada. I really want to strive for creative, dynamic, refined work. Not necessarily "photo-realistic" but detailed where needed, and loose where it's appropriate. I also love oil painting when I can, and have been doing so, off and on, for the last couple years. I am expressive by nature. I'm transparent, but multifaceted, revealing some contrasts and mysterious ways. You can't see all of who I am from any one angle, so, in my quest for relevance, I am trying to expose as much as I can bare to. This stage in my life is fairly new, since I feel that up until the last year or two, I've only been striving for technical ability... just to be good at manipulating paint or ink or whatever, doesn't send any message besides being disciplined and methodical. I am ready to see what's inside... though it leaves me vulnerable to disappointment, both in myself and in everyone else... I am still ready. I don't think anyone lives completely honest. We all hide that which we are ashamed of. Desiring to minimize our faults and maximize our strengths. I'm no different, but I'm willing to see how honest I can be. I'm sure it will take time, since all I know is just that.
After earning a degree in Fine Arts in Luxen Academy of Fine Arts in China, I was offered a post as an art instructor in the same school teaching life and figure drawing. After five years of my teaching career, I was invited by University of California Berkeley to participate as an exchange scholar in an art research project under the patronage of U.S. Information Agency. My original plan was to complete my project- writing some reports about the cultural exchange in relating to the art teaching programs and the styles of art instructors in United States. Serendipitously, my career was predetermined to change when I happened to run into an encounter with Lily, who has always been a tattoo artist. I was approached by her in one of my art exhibitions. She came forward to me with indefatigability, offering me to launch the tattoo mission together. The mission has been challenging yet compensating – compensating in the way of having every hug, getting every smile, seeing every emotional tear rolling down on my client’s face after they have seen their love ones bonded with them. Those are the rewarding atoms binding a certain sense of achievement is something that I would not or will not even trade for the world.
Tattooing has already become a great passion for me. For every tattoo request, regardless whether it’s a big back piece, portrait realistic tattoo, oriental style, tribal, animation, or even if it is just a small cartoon, I would still try my best and fused my energy into the composing of that piece for a certain client so he or she can wear it with pride. In the past couple decades, I have been blessed for having countless opportunities being offered from my clients letting me implementing my art knowledge – both from school and my past teaching experience – into various aspects of tattooing, especially photo realism through which my career has been adorned with numerous awards. Memories of bits and pieces from my teaching career, days of illustrating, demonstrating life and figure drawing from live models in front of my students still has some sort of rippling effect through my mind since the time of switching from teaching to tattooing.
Dawei Zhang Tattoo Artist before tattooing
Anyway, I would like to take this moment to express my wholehearted thanks to all the clients which I have had since the beginning of my tattoo career in 1992, and it’s because of you wonderful people giving me innumerable chances to express my tattoo artworks with all my heart. It is through the ongoing given opportunities which have provoked continuous recognition for my garnering in this exquisite field of tattooing.
To all my dear clients:
“YOU GUYS ARE THE BEST!!!”
“KNOWLEDGE OF ART IS INFINITE. MY PASSION AND CRAVING FOR MORE IN THIS RESPECT MAKES ME NEVER CONTENT, NEVER SATISFIED WITH WHAT I HAD LEARNED BEFORE. HOWEVER, IT WILL MAKE ME STRIVE TO DISCOVER MORE CONCEPTS AND IDEAS WITH CONFIDENCE IN TIME.”