The artwork of artist Jason Coquel

Where were you born and where are you from?
I was born in San Antonio, Texas, but raised in the ‘burbs of northwest Houston!

How did you get introduced to the tattoo culture?
I started my apprenticeship when I was 17 years old. By my senior year of high school I was a dedicated to my art and destined to do my passion, tattoo.

When did you get started?
I finished my apprenticeship in the spring of 2000.

Do you remember the first tattoo that you did?
I do, it was a bad boy alien, muscles flex and all! I did it on one of my closest friends who refuses to let me cover it till this day!

How would you describe your style of tattooing?
I could say I am pretty well rounded, but I tend to do my best tattooing in what I call Neo-Japanese, Neo-Traditional (a new spin on an ancient style of tattooing). But honestly, I LOVE doing everything from Realism, Traditional, Black and Grey, to the average everyday walk-in. I am truly blessed with all the generations of my client’s. New and old, future and past. My philosophy is to do every tattoo to the standard and mind set, if it was me sitting in the chair, would I be satisfied and excited to wear the tattoo on myself.

What were you doing before you got into the tattoo business, and what made you change?
I was a line chef at Macaroni Grill. Destiny!

What influences your artwork?
Like I said, as far as my career goes, I am so blessed. My friends and colleagues definitely are my inspiration; they are by far some of the best in the business. So many to name, but to mention a few....Timmy B, Tye the Tattoo Guy, Johnny Jackson, Dave Bozeman, Aaron Johnson, Sam Hudson, Cory Rodgers, Zach Ross, Bob Tyrell, Dave Tedder, Myke Chambers, Short, Dave Tedder, and so many more.

What advice would you give to someone looking to get their first tattoo?
Research, Research, reference, and be open to your artists suggestions. We are after all the professional.

Do you see your self doing anything other than tattooing?
Painting, every chance I can!

Do you have a favorite quote?
It’s not a job but a lifestyle.

Where do you see the tattoo culture 10 years from now?
Wow the only way it goes is up! I remember when I started, my father asked me the same question, and 11 years later the answer is still the same. The level of skill in artists today is so amazing. Everyday tattoo artists do tattoos that far exceed the piece that preceded the one before it. True professional tattoo artists feed and grow off each other, always bringing new techniques, equipment, art, and ideas to the table. So to be short if you think today there are amazing tattoos being done, wait till the next decade!

My son and inspiration Jordan Coquel, Mom and Dad, my wifey Cami, Eternal Ink, Anvil Irons, Martini Machines, Texas Custom Irons, Texas Body Art, Slinging Ink Magazine, Locally Famous Studios. And all my friends and clients without you I’m nothing.

Contact Info
Jason Coquel aka. Colorbomb888
Texas Body Art.  Houston, Texas