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This Southern California tattoo artist wants to be the next ‘Ink Master’

By in Press Enterprise on January 9, 2018

By Richard Guzman

Jeremy Brown got his first tattoo when he was 10 years old.

It was just a little red dot on his foot, done by his older brother, but that was enough for Brown to get hooked on ink.

“It didn’t hurt. It made me laugh, and I was like ‘Wow,’ and it was in my blood from that day on,” he said.

More than 20 years later, the Lake Elsinore resident is competing against some of the best tattoo artists in the country as one of the 24 contestants on season 10 of Spike’s “Ink Master,” which premieres at 10 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 9.

“I went super, super far in it. It was a learning experience, I learned a lot…I learned how to deal with stress a little bit better,” Brown said as he sat in a back room at Collective Ink Gallery in Garden Grove on Sunday, Jan. 7, two days before the season premiere.

The shop where the 33-year-old works is owned by Big Gus, another reality TV tattoo artist who appears on Spike’s “Tattoo Nightmares,” where he covers up bad tattoos with his own original pieces.

  • Lake Elsinore native and tattoo artist Jeremy Brown, shown here at Collective Ink in Garden Grove, will be one of 24 contestants in the new season of Spike’s competition series “Ink Master.” The show premieres Jan. 9, 2018. (Photo by Stephen Carr, Daily Breeze / SCNG )

  • Lake Elsinore native and tattoo artist Jeremy Brown, shown here at Collective Ink in Garden Grove, will be one of 24 contestants in the new season of Spike's competition series “Ink Master.” The show premieres Jan. 9, 2018. (Photo by Stephen Carr, Daily Breeze / SCNG )

    Lake Elsinore native and tattoo artist Jeremy Brown, […]    

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