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5 questions for a tattoo artist to the stars

February 28, 2013|By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco | RedEye

Jason Hoodrich has the Hollywood hookup.

Through a friend, he developed a working relationship with New York-based BMF Media Group, an entertainment marketing agency that produces the exclusive Miami Oasis essentially a party lounge with a DJ, swag and free booze and a small tattoo station at the Hard Rock Hotel during Lollapalooza.

He has tattooed artists, celebrities and VIPs at events such as Lolla, Coachella and Sundance. Hoodrich, who was into art as a high schooler, started tattooing in 2005 shortly after he went to Wicker Park's Tatu Tattoo with his sketchbook to get inked.

Now, he works at Taylor Street Tattoo in Little Italy and travels to do guest spots around the country. RedEye asked Hoodrich, 31, about his art and rock star lifestyle.

On tattooing celebrities: "They're regular people." He's inked Chicago rapper Hollywood Holt, actress Hayden Panettiere, musician Cisco Adler and David Arquette. He even let Arquette tattoo an eyeball on Hoodrich's leg. It looks OK, he said.

On how many tattoos he has: "It's really hard to tell. I usually tell people one big one…I stopped counting after a while."

On his memorable tattoos: The first tattoo he did was the signature Jason hockey mask and machete for a "Friday the 13th" movie fan. Another favorite is one featuring two Michael J. Fox characters – Teen Wolf riding a hover board from "Back to the Future" spinning a basketball with his finger.

On the coolest part of the job: "I can tour, travel and meet a lot of people. I always end up in some weird celebrity circle."

On whether he sees himself being a tattoo artist for a while: "I would like to think I'm going to be a grumpy old man sitting in a tattoo shop somewhere."

lvivanco@tribune.com | @lvivanco

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