Booked up until the third Sunday of good fucking luck, renowned tattoo artist Mark Mahoney has inked enough celebrities to host a well-attended tattoo Academy Awards. Like, if you could trademark tattoos and Instagram could monetize those trademarks, Mahoney would be richer than 27 Bezoses. He counts Angelina Jolie, Adele, Rihanna, Johnny Depp and Mickey Rourke among his clients. Oh, and Mahoney has stamped two swallows on Harry Styles’s thewy chest and stuck his needle into soccer superstar David Beckham.
Though he admits to being slower at the craft these days, Mahoney, now 60, has been inking for decades, having started out giving tattoos to members of the Hell’s Angels in Massachusetts. He's appeared in two Lana Del Rey music videos and had an artist residency at London's Mandrake Hotel. Next, he'll be a judge at the London Tattoo Convention.
At Shamrock Social Club, his Sunset Boulevard tattoo HQ in Los Angeles, he’s seen it all. Tattoos follow trends as much as any style-oriented business, but Mahoney is still a sucker for the classics. A chest eagle, for example.
But apart from all of the trend-chasing and bad art that graces a few too many lower backs, Mahoney thinks there are still a few choice, underrated spots for a tattoo. And he’s not afraid to dish out his opinion. ONE37pm caught up with Hollywood’s most in-demand tattooer for the most pertinent and permanent advice when deciding what you want to live with for the rest of your mortal life.