Guest Artist Shaun Kama -
.Specializing in Halloween Tattoos and all kinds of Custom Tattooing...
Shaun Kama was born in Heidelberg, Germany to two parents that served during the Vietnam War. After moving to Albany, NY in his youth, Shaun’s family spent summers in Great Barrington, MA, where his passion for painting began while studying the works of Norman Rockwell at his original gallery. He later moved to Southern California, attending high school in Huntington Beach, where he was commissioned by friends and students for his talents at logo and skateboard design. At age 16, Shaun started playing in his first band, beginning a lifelong love of music and performing. After finishing school, Shaun moved to Los Angeles in the wake of the glam scene, and joined Hello Disaster, an up‐and-coming punk band. With his musical career launched, Shaun set off on a new adventure, beginning his apprenticeship with the World Famous Mark Mahoney at the Original Shamrock Studios. His journey into the arts had just begun.
Tattooing for over 15 years, Shaun has found his niche in the tattoo world. His personal tastes as a tattoo artist lead him to the dark and macabre, which led to his reputation as the king of Halloween Tattoos. Shaun’s work is dark and edgy, with incredible detail and vibrant color. He is also skilled in single needle black and grey work, through working alongside Mark Mahoney and Bob Vessels. His artistic influences include Normal Rockwell, Salvador Dali, Boris Vallejo, Bernie Wrightson, Ralph Steadman and Frank Frazetta. He describes himself as a Jack‐of‐All‐Trades with personalization to the tastes of his clients. Shaun also regularly paints, working in acrylics, oils and watercolors. He can often be found doing a variety of commissioned artworks for his clients, and his paintings can be seen at a variety of art events throughout the year.
Throughout his career, Shaun’s love for music has continued, with Shaun serving as the front man for The Living End, Damnation, and his current project, Shaun Kama and the Kings of the Wild Frontier. While tattooing, Shaun is almost always found with a set of headphones on, listening to his trusty iPod. His musical tastes are vast, ranging from Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers to Slayer, Otis Redding and Nick Cave to The Highwaymen and Lords of the New Church.
As a regular in the tattoo and horror convention circuit, Shaun has dedicated himself to bringing his art around the country and internationally. He is the driving force and event producer behind the annual Buffalo Chip Tattoo Café in Sturgis, SD. Summer 2013 will be the third successful year of this event. Shaun also traveled with Black Veil Brides on the 2013 Warped Tour tattooing across
the U.S.In addition to permanent tattoos, Shaun has become one of the leading temporary tattoo artists
in the industry, working as a primary artist on commercials, print campaigns and music videos. Many celebrity A‐listers have worked with or been tattooed by Shaun, including Rihanna,
Jamie King, Janet Jackson, Missy Elliot, Nelly, Jada Pinkett Smith, Sinbad, and Bob Halley.
The list continues to grow as Shaun establishes himself as a tattoo artist to the stars.
Shaun Kama is currently sponsored by Eternal Ink, Welker Machines, Critical Power
Supply, Inkeeze, Mithra Tattoo Supplies, Torino Tattoo Supplies, Brian Campbell
Machines, Electric Soul Machines, Glove 4 the Artist, Coffin Case, as well as
Red Monkey Leather. Shaun has also been instrumental in the development of
Rocco’s Old School Tattoo Balm, and served as its brand ambassador during its first
year in the market.