"Epic Ink" premiered on the A&E Network about one year ago. Two of the stars of the show are Chris 51 (tattoo artist and owner of the Oregon tattoo shop) and Josh Bodwell (tattoo artist on staff). I had the pleasure of interviewing these two at the Wizard World Press Reception prior to the actual convention.
Chris and Josh were about as loose and funny as anyone I have ever met at any such media event. I got the first interview with the pair and I had a lot of fun with it.
We talked about their start in the tattoo business, their strangest tattoo requests, the Chicago Cubs and other fun stuff. Chris is not a fair-weather Cubs fan either. He had his own personalized "Chris 51" jersey. I ordinarily am against personalized jerseys, but with his name-number combo, this one worked.
We also talked about the tattoo Chris has on his stomach. This one cracked me up. They both also swear that they have the answer to one of the great Simpsons' mysteries, but you'll have to watch the interview to see what that is.
Thanks as always to Wizard World for treating the press so well. Thanks, too, to Chris and Josh for being great interview subjects.