So what happens first, the tattooing or the art? According to Pooch, it's the same as the chicken and the egg. "Some tattooists move on to painting, and some painters move on to tattooing."

Now, we know inkers can make art, but is it good? Amanda promises Pooch's paintings are "phenomenal" and even has one in her own collection. Her original Pooch features a Victorian girl riding in a biomechanical car.

Amanda pledges the opening will reflect the tattoo industry as well as feature pieces you would never know were done by a tattoo artist. "I think it is a natural assumption that a tattoo artist also paints or draws. That's not necessarily always the case, but I think it goes hand in hand."

Pooch's Shishi Dancer
Michael "Pooch" Pucciarelli
Pooch's Shishi Dancer

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Ink And Pistons Tattoo

2716 S. Dixie Highway
West Palm Beach, FL 33405

Category: Art Galleries

Region: West Palm Beach


"The Tattooed Canvas" at Ink and Pistons TattooOpening night is Saturday, August 3, from 7 to 11 p.m. at Ink and Pistons Gallery, located at 2716 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach. Visit, or call 561 832-4655.

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She reached out to local tattoo shops to put this show together, a sign that the tattoo scene in South Florida might be small but it is also tight-knit and supportive. What's exciting about this, and every gallery opening at Ink and Pistons, is that everyone is invited — no tattoo necessary for admission. But even if you'll never be in the market for permanent ink, the vibe at an Ink and Pistons opening might shake you up.

Says J.R.: "It's somewhat of a spectacle whenever someone isn't used to the tattooing thing and they are coming here just for the show. Someone is normally getting tattooed, so they get to peek over and see what is going on in the shop."

The lesson here is that they are called "tattoo artists" for a reason. When creating is your profession, it permeates all facets of your life. Pooch sums it up honestly and with feeling: "I am thankful to be able to create art on, and for, people for a living. There is nothing I would rather be doing."

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