We had the good fortune of connecting with Cj Hurtado and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Cj, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I wanted to bring a strong focus towards professionalism and creativity. Knocking down the stereotypes that are accustomed with the Art and Tattooing industry. Listening to the client. Developing and collaborating together to create beautiful art. Professionalism and kindness go a long way in this world. Let’s work together

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am a professional tattoo artist of 16 years, and I love to paint. I have been tattooing since 2006. My Black and Grey tattoo work is focused on fine line, floral and realism. My color tattoowork is more Traditional and Neo. Bold lines and vibrant color work. I went through traditional apprenticeships which were rather difficult. I guess you can say I started at the bottom. Over the years I have worked alongside many great artists. Many have inspired, taught, and motivated me. Always to never settle. I have been honing my skills and growing in my art.

Art is a very big part of my life. I love all art and I am very passionate about it. I see art in everything. I appreciate and respect every artist and their works. The path to where I am currently at, was never easy. I wouldn’t have it any other way though. I learned to appreciate those struggles along with the good times.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would definitely want my friends to see Sedona and the red rocks and all its beauty. Maybe some lunch at Javelinas restaurant while there. They make some great fajitas and Margaritas. I am an outdoors/lake person. With some really nice lakes 45/60 minutes away. Sahuaro Lake or Canyon Lake for some kayaking.

Those two are my favorite and the mtn scenery as the backdrop for sunsets are amazing.

Favorite places for lunch would be: Umami at Shady Park in Tempe for Noodles.
Dinner: The Keg steakhouse and a local favorite Oreganos for some pasta
Waking up for breakfast would have to take them to Luci’s Orchard in phoenix. Absolutely love the morning vibe there and the outside patio.


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