5x5 with Ryan Shaffer

For no.8 in our 5×5 series I’ve chosen Ryan Shaffer. Working out of a private studio in Los Angeles, Ryans work and in particular his snakes have always caught my eye. I don’t think you’ll see a better example of a traditional snake tattoo then the ones Ryan does. His work is bold, strong and everything you want in a good tattoo. 

What are your 5 favourite images to tattoo?

  1. Christ/Religious imagery
  2. Skulls
  3. Snakes
  4. Eagles
  5. Reapers

Where are your 5 favourite places to work?

  1. Melbourne
  2. Seoul
  3. Oakland
  4. NYC
  5. Los Angeles

Who are your 5 biggest inspirations?

  1. Philip Guston
  2. Bill Bryson
  3. Hockney
  4. Reubens
  5. Earth

5 favourite tattoos you’ve done?

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Ryan Shaffer - Swallows&Daggers - Clothing & Streetwear

5 tattoos that have impressed you lately?

Sway (@sway_tattooer) (Sacred Electric)

Sway - Swallows&Daggers - Clothing & Streetwear

Robert Ryan (@robertryan323) (Electric Tattoo NJ)

Robert Ryan - Swallows&Daggers - Clothing & Streetwear

Rich Hardy (@rich_hardy) (OTR)
Rich Hardy - Swallows&Daggers - Clothing & Streetwear

Josh Sutterby (@joshsutterby) (Melbourne Tattoo Co.)
Josh Sutterby - Swallows&Daggers - Clothing & Streetwear

Jason McAfee (@jasonmcafee72) (Temple Tattoo) Jason McAfee - Swallows&Daggers - Clothing & Streetwear

You can find Ryan on instagram @ryanshaffer or at his private studio in Los Angeles, California.

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