514 State St., Madison, WI 53703 (View Map) | 608-819-8668 | Mon-Sat 12:00pm – 8:00pm, Sun 12:00pm – 6:00pm

Antonio “Cheeks”

6088198668 | blkngray | booking.blkngray@gmail.com

I knew exactly when my career started. I was getting my first tattoo at a local studio in my hometown of Brooklyn, NY in 2008. I was sitting there mesmerized at the needles penetrating my skin and seeing the ink flow. I knew then I needed to find someone to teach me this skill that would soon become my passion and life’s work

I was lucky enough to find a mentor quickly and within a year, I was sitting down under his watchful eye doing my first tattoo on myself. Although the bulk of my career has been based in New York City, I’ve tattooed in more than 20 states and in dozens of studios with many talented artists.

I consider my style to be fine line black and gray, but I also love doing micro-realism with my own graphic twist. Flowers are one of my specialties and I greatly enjoy adorning bodies with beautiful, natural floral work. Although these are my preferences, I consider myself an all-around technical tattooer and I’m able to tattoo in all styles.
I always try to include a bit of the client’s personality into the tattoo if I can. I prefer clients who have a particular idea in mind because that works on my like a kick start on a bike; but, I need freedom in my creation if you want a very nice tattoo, as a bird can’t fly in a cage.

I have the drive for perfection and a bit of talent as well, but definitely the will to improve and learn. As Goethe said “Genius is 99% perspiration and 1% inspiration.” We constantly have to look for and find the form and color for perfect composition and harmony. We may never reach it, but we have to do our best.


Hours: Mon, Thurs to Sat 12-8

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