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Dallas native Boog Deniro, known most commonly as just "Boog" or "Boogstar" got his start tattooing out of a backpack. 25 years later he's known around the world as an artist and publisher of flash books, and this weekend he'll add Tattoo Shop Owner to his list of accomplishments when his new storefront, Trap House Ink, opens in Fort Worth.
His latest book of tat typeset, The First 48, is a collaboration with fellow artist Mr. Flaks, who's flying in for Saturday's opening from his California home base. (They'll be signing copies, so pick one up.)
Boog's style of art is based largely off of traditional Latino tattoo culture, using all back and grey, religious icons and even clown themes. However, it is his lettering that has gained him the most popularity and many nick names, including "The King of Script."
Trap House Ink is nestled near the cultural district of Fort Worth, off Camp Bowie near 7th Avenue; it's Boog's brick and mortar solution for a rapidly growing Texas client base and a busy international travel schedule. Considering Boog and Flaks are known world wide, you can expect a crowd at Saturday's grand opening.
Boog, who is covered in tattoos himself, says he takes the traditional sailor approach, getting them as souvenirs as he travels the globe. You can see more of Boog in the upcoming documentary, Tattoo Nation, which screens in Dallas for one night on April 4.
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Above, Boog adds "Down for Whatever" to a collection of Dallas themed tattoos on Paul Longoria's leg.
Longoria, who has had the majority of his tattoos done by Boog says he usually tells Boog what he wants and trusts Boog to "let the needle flow." It's rare to find a tattoo artist that you can trust completely, but Longoria feels confident that Boog will "do the magic." The back of Longoria's leg features a piece that Boog is especially proud of: a girl wearing a Cowboys beanie with the Dallas skyline in the background and "214" displayed prominently below her. Longoria has dedicated both of his legs to Dallas-centric tattoos with "Oak Cliff" down the front of his left shin and "Dallas Texas" down the front of his right shin.
San Diego tattoo artist Mr. Flaks inks a client's face just above the eyebrow with the name of the client's son.