Live in the Casto with Guest Artist Who!

Hello! My name is Joji Sanabria, I go by Who and my brand name is “Who Tattoo”. I am a self taught tattoo artist from Puerto Rico. I started tattooing professionally back in 2018 at Black and Blue Tattoo in The Mission district, San Francisco. I am currently working at my private studio in Oakland, California since 2021. My style of tattooing is whimsical, cute, fun and weird. I like bold clean lines, playing with full saturation of bright colors and creating stories. I love connecting with my clients through the whole process. I am inspired by traditional tattoo and popular culture. I like to try and learn new things. I like roller skating, going on hikes with the dogs, cooking (big food nerd), dancing, theater/performance, painting, fashion. I love watching movies and traveling for guest spots. Tattooing has allowed me to redirect my life to art in a sustainable way. I have learned so much in the practice and I am so grateful to be able to do it for about 5 years now.

(I speak Spanish in case somebody wants to ask questions in Spanish during the live streaming)

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About the Podcast

Reinventing the Tattoo Podcast
Recorded live from Guy Aitchison's tattoo community
Guy Aitchison's Reinventing the Tattoo started as a three ring binder in the early 90's when he agreed to his first seminar. Since then it has continued to evolve and grow through various mediums with an ever growing community of contributing artists who have benefited tremendously from the book, movies, seminars, drawing groups, mobile apps and now through this podcast.

The podcast replays live shows from the Reinventing the Tattoo network including exclusive interviews, discussion panels, webinars, art jams, and even drunk critiques.

Check the website for the upcoming live stream schedule, and tattoo artists and apprentices are encouraged to download the mobile app in the google or apple app stores.

About your host

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Gabriel Ripely

Computer geek, progressive businessperson, event producer, business planer, & freelancer amplifying artists, studios, and companies that are leaving a positive impact.
Gabe Ripley has been helping artists use technology to propel and secure their careers and business since the mid-nineties. After finding great success in promoting tattoo artists, Gabe's first tattoo studio opened its doors in 2005, and grew to a multimillion dollar international tattoo company, before closing in 2018. In 2007 Gabe started producing professional development events in unique locations, and now produces or co-produces a 4 day tattoo gathering, an art retreat, a 2 day conference, and numerous single day events. Event locations include resorts in Massachusetts, Colorado, New Mexico, Venice Italy, and Dublin Ireland among others. Gabe Ripley has presented at the Worldwide Tattoo Conference and taught a seminar “Building a GREAT tattoo business” at countless tattoo conventions and online.

Currently Gabe is focused on TattooNOW, which has been empowering thousands of artists with career enhancing technology and education since 1999. Before TattooNOW, Gabe had a very successful freelance programming career in the USA and in Europe. Projects included programming Smurf, The Little Prince, and Lucky Luke video games, touch-screen kiosks for Honda and the Epcot Center, and monthly business multimedia DVD-Roms narrated by Leonard Nimoy. Ripley was a founding partner in a technology company in 1996 (which still exists!). Travel has been a staple of Gabe’s business and personal life since hitch-hiking barefoot through eastern Europe in 1992. He stated programming BASIC when he was 8 years old, and dropped out of college twice but that didn’t stop him from teaching college level computer courses at age 20!

He is progressive in politics and business. Since reading Issac Asimov books growing up, thinking about vast visions as well as the impact of our actions for the short, long, and very long term has been ingrained into Gabe’s thinking. Understanding that his business is supported directly by local, national, and international communities, Gabe truly tries to directly contribute to the communities that are helping arts businesses thrive. He defines success by how much he can afford to give back, and helps produce benefit events. His mission is ultimately to make a long lasting positive impact on the world (or at least get three to four weeks vacation!). There are various articles written by and about Gabe online and in the real world via magazines, books, and podcasts as he loves to talk once someone gets him started.