THIS IS JUST A SMALL SAMPLE OF THE ARTICLE I DID IN TATTOO ARTIST MAGAZINE.
THESE QUESTIONS ARE BY THE EVER LOVELY DANIEL ALBRIGO AN REPLIED TO BY YOURS TRULY.
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1. Your full given name?
-Matt Shamah: Matthew Robert Zachray Shamah
2. How long have you been tattooing?
-Since I was fourteen years old…or nine, depending on how you look at it… I stabbed my dad in the leg when I was nine years old though with a knife that had paint on it. It left a mark. So if you count that I’ve been tattooing since I was nine years old.
3. Did you apprentice (by whom) or start on your own?
-I kinda did both.. I started on my own.. but then later I was an apprentice.. But then, Maybe we are all apprentices all the time. Forever. Na mean dog? Its not like we are ever going to stop learning right? We have many teachers…some more important that others .. but still, many teachers… Jeff Houston was the main tattoo teacher.. kinda like my mom dad and brother all at the same time. I owe him a lot. I hope I can repay him some day.
5. Where are you working now, or in the new future?
Well. At the moment, I am currently working at Analog Tattoo in San Jose. I work at home a lot too. Sometimes I also work at the workshop. Other times I work in places such as casinos or sports books. But in that instance I am mostly working suckers who know less than I do about any given subject worth betting money on. On occasion I work in the depths of this feeble mind bestowed on me by the heavenly father, and that is quite a treat. Not like nachos, but you know what I mean. Perhaps.
6. Do you have any other hobbies besides making tattoos?
-Heck yeah! I like to sing and dance a bit…or perhaps cut rugs if you will. I enjoy long walks on the beach at sunset or sunrise but not too many times in between. I enjoy smashing knives into peoples’ faces. I also enjoy small fields of fresh roses, and snow capped mountains on frigid yet brisk days in January. I enjoy manipulating metal into hungry blood hounds and losing myself in professional ice hockey with passion and loyalty to the Los Angeles Kings. Movies and books are a luxury which border on necessity as losing myself in the brilliant thoughts of others seems to be quite a fantastic way to enjoy down time. I also love flying kites through fields of beating blood, and casting fake spells on those who I would love to entertain. Is that enough? Or should I continue? Do you really need more?
7. Do you feel like your designs are innovative? Be honest please.
-Alright. All honesty here. I do feel like they are to some extent. However, I don’t think that they are in the sense that they are exclusively innovative, but I do think that they are in the sense that they elaborated on some things that guys like Ed Hardy and Daniel Higgs did long before me, and in a way took these things in a different direction that happened to catch fire with some parts of the tattoo community. I think that they are innovative basically only in the sense that they seemed to change the way young tattooers approached and looked at traditional American tattoos. And before you knew it, kids were calling these tattoos traditional, when in fact they were not really that at all. They were or are a modified version of traditional. Does that make sense at all? Let me know cuz I’m not sure if I articulated that properly. Perhaps I should ask Adrian for some big word reference.
8. What is your favorite tattoo on yourself?
-Probably the one Colin did right before he puked on his own stomach.
9. Did you know you’re a sexy beast from day one or after you learned to grow facial hair?
-You know Daniel, when I was 5 years old, I urinated on the back of my baby sitters head and shoulders while she was playing dungeons and dragons in my back yard. As she turned around, we shared a special moment, fleeting as it was. Perhaps it was the sparkle in her eye that gave it away but nevertheless, It was then, in that instant that I knew. It was then, long before either my genitals or heart breaker was garnished with soft and yet stern grizzly bitch ticklers. Long before the hair, I knew. Oh I knew…
10. What do your parents do?
-They are Bob and Dottie, and they are both teachers. They were teachers of English, literature, poetry, history, philosophy, humanities, and perhaps most importantly, teachers of the family of man.
11. Was it an issue when you first started getting tattoos or were they cool about it?
It was a bit of an issue. My father was bleeding profusely from his calf and my mother was quite simply in shock. I was laughing and trotting in circles and he swung his axe at my head viciously. In hindsight, I do believe that we are all glad that I was the one with the shotgun wizard stick that day. The mystical white rhino was not on my father’s side. I rode him to oblivion and back before being towed to Venus via gold stranded rope leash of my intergalactic narwhale Leason. Upon return everyone realized I was happy and supporting myself in a relatively drug free life style. Then they were happy, and we all broke bread.
12. Evening alone.... hockey or masterbating?
-Both, However, not simultaneously. …. Most of the time.
13. Who do you rip off? (everyone does!)
-I would have to give mad props to Jef Whitehead, Daniel Higgs, Ed Hardy, Horiyoshi lll, and life.
14. Are you really a nerd? or a macho hunk?
I like to think of my self as an amazing contradiction of a poet, a highlander, and a mythical creature imaginer… slash bull-rider.
15. How much did you really enjoy tattooing inside my butt cheeks? (even though you decided it was unnecessary on the last sitting)
-More that you will ever know Daniel.. few things make me happier in life than hurting the ones I love. I watch you sleep sometimes. Its nice, And I should probably keep this to myself. However, I prefer the way your hair tastes when you haven’t taken a shower before bed.
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