Today we are welcoming Jon Highland from 12 Monkeys Tattoos
What were your early inspirations and what are they now?
My earliest inspiration i can remember that got me drawing was definatly dinosaurs when i was a kid , then anything like Ultraman,Godzilla movies ..Horror movies,Creature Features on television .. i was always that kid in school drawing on Everything .. i have no formal training in drawing,painting,tattooing so its been a LONG learning curve
How many years have you been tattooing?
I have been tattooing for apox 20 years
Can you describe the tattoos that you do and the kind of tattoos that you like and enjoy?
I really do pretty much everything .. if i was to say what i like the most it would be skulls with flowers , i love the dark combined with the pretty flowers… people see what they want in pictures so if you show people the same tattoo with that combo 1/2 see flowers and 1/2 see the skull ,and Bio mech, that is what comes easiest for me
And what about techniques? Have techniques changed since you started tattooing?
i really cant answer this question since i have no tattoo training so i dont know the “Language” per say . i just kinda do it without knowing the Proper way technically.. ive been fumbling around figuring it out for 20 years or so
Can you tell us a bit about your early days?
I kind of stumbled into it because my cheap ass friends at the time wanted free tattoos … ha . i was around the industry for a while before i even had an intrest in getting a tattoo let alone doing them . it wasnt until i saw tattoos fom Aaron Cain,Guy Aitchison,Marcus Pacheco that i really thought i wanted to do tattoos so i went and got tattooed by them ,watched close and asked questions , i started tattooing in my apartment and it caugh on Really quick until i couldnt keep up with the volume and went to work at a local shop for a few years until i opend my own 12 Monkeys
You can find Jon at
12 Monkeys Tattoos
911 N Central Ave
Tracy, California 95376
Call +1 209-839-1265