Owner & Tattooer
A native of Hawaii, Paul spent his first years on the island before moving to Northern Virginia. In 2000, Paul graduated from Virginia Tech, where he earned a business degree.
After only a few years of tattooing with the top artists in the world, Paul became the featured tattoo artist for TLC‘s hit television show, “My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding,” where he tattooed the eccentric Mellie Stanley. In both 2013 and 2014 Paul was a highlighted artist in the Brightest Young Things coverage of the DC Tattoo Expo.
Paul is known for being extremely light handed. After receiving years of feedback from clients, it is clear that Paul does minimal trauma to skin while tattooing, and on a scale of 1-10 (10 being most painful) the average rating is around a 3-4 for how much pain is felt during a session with Paul. Tattoos by Paul usually heal faster and with little to no scabbing, irritation and discomfort. This is attributed to Paul’s technique, which he constantly strives to improve in order to give his clients the best tattoos. Damaged skin from tattooing can cause scarring, keloids and permanently damage the look of a tattoo. Paul’s light hand and technique not only avoid these negative side effects, but also cause the tattoos not to hurt as badly as with a heavy handed tattooer. [Please remember, tattoos still hurt. It will not feel like unicorn kisses, but it also will not feel like a chainsaw.]
Clean, straight lines, consistent and bold color saturation, black and grey realism, and Polynesian tribal are just a few of the things Paul is known for. He considers himself a street shop artist and is proud to offer his clients good, clean work that they can rely on and have confidence in his consistency as a stand up artist. Please visit his portfolio to see some examples of past work, and come by the shop anytime for a consultation to discuss your ideas with Paul.
Paul is the owner of The 407 Tattoo Studio.
EDUCATION | BS Pamplin College of Business – Business, Hospitality and Tourism Management – Virginia Tech, 2000
EXPERIENCE | Professional tattooer since 2005
OWNER | The 407 Tattoo & Piercing Studio
LICENSING | Virginia Tattooers License #1231000877
CERTIFICATIONS | CPR/AED, Bloodborne Pathogens, Basic First Aid