Carl Grace has been an artist his entire life. He started out drawing on napkins while seated at the counter of the 50’s diner where his mother worked. Carl’s artistic style was influenced early by a youth spent in placement homes, camps, jail, and prison. Every moment of free time he would spend drawing.
Originally from the greater Los Angeles area, Carl began his journey in 1998 with a tattoo apprenticeship under Boston John at Skin Grafix in Arcadia, California. Looking at Carl’s artistic talent, it is easy to assume his skill would translate seamlessly into tattoos. “The truth is my first tattoo was a hack job. I tried it, I did it, and I sucked.” After bouncing around the West Coast party scene, Carl pledged to live a sober lifestyle on November 21, 2004 and went head first turning art into a career. Unfortunately, his dream of being a professional artist was delayed a few years. After his release from prison in 2008 and subsequent parole discharge in 2009, he immediately moved to Tucson, Arizona to begin working with fellow tattoo artist Joshua Hagen at Sacred Art Tattoo. It was working at Sacred Art Tattoo with Joshua where these two artists really began to come into their own as professionals.
Becoming a name in the tattoo industry demands hard work, sacrifice, and time. Since 2009, Carl has attended over 100 tattoo conventions as an artist and has been a featured guest artist in many tattoo shops around the country. He won his first award at the Tucson Tattoo Exposition in 2010 and continues to collect awards at many conventions in which he participates. Carl’s tattoo work has also been published in tattoo magazines, including full spreads in Freshly Inked and Skin & Ink.
In 2011, Carl moved to Las Vegas to join the team at Seven Tattoo Studio. Together, the five artists there work together to push each other artistically and continually strive to inspire though art. “Tattooing is only one of my mediums” says Carl. “I constantly find myself wanting to do more and more with art. Different projects turn up all the time and it is very rare to say no. Life is too short to pass up an opportunity to make a lasting impression.”