From graphic designer, with years in the printing industry, to tattoo artist. Bobby officially began his career tattooing in Silver Spring, MD 2003/4.
A first impression that struck Bobby was having to choose his first real, professional tattoo from a wall of flash designs, and even though “flash” on the wall is the tradition / norm for how we have always chosen the design that was going to permanently “set us apart”, Bobby couldn’t help thinking that the “creativity” was lost and carbon copies were all you could get from a tattoo shop. That idea eventually became the basis for what RAW INK would stand for, once established in 10/2009. Not just your average “street shop”, but a Studio of creative, experienced artists that do more than copy tattoo designs picked off a wall. RAW INK will always be unique!
Formally trained in fine arts and graphic design at MCAD (Maryland College of Art and Design) and Montgomery College, Bobby spent twelve years in the printing and graphic design industry. This experience gives him a special perspective on his artwork and layouts.
Bobby’s favorite subject to tattoo is underwater creatures and their habitats but he is well rounded and up for any serious challenge. 90% of his designs come from markers free-handed to the body with reference pulled from his own library of photographs, sketches and even from one of the many saltwater fish or reef tanks kept at the shop. This lets the tattoo flow with your body like it was meant to be there.
“I saw society opening up to tattooing but every tattoo I saw was the same! Probably because its all the same reference (google), so of course there will be similar ‘copies’… My goal is to use unique reference and to give one-of-a-kind tattoos by spending the right amount of time nailing down the design first with every customer, and then drawing the design to best fit the contours of the body.”