Man and (Tattoo) Machine: Marko Livingston aka “The Phenom”

His name is Marko Livingston.

He is a Hawaii Tattoo Artist at our Honolulu Tattoo Studio, 434 Tattoo.  He lives, breathes, sweats, and bleeds Art.  The man is the consummate professional, dedicated to his craft and in improving at everything.

When’s he not tattooing, he’s drawing…

When he’s not drawing, he’s painting…

If he’s not painting in one style, he’s painting in another (watercolor).

His dedication and unwavering desire to live and express, to improve is incredible.  I called him “The Phenom” in a previous write-up.  With that kind of dedication, would you argue it?

Pictured above are machines he built with his own hands.

In his right, the first tattoo machine he ever built, which he learned to do from the first person who taught him how to tattoo.

“I built this before even tattooing because I wanted to learn each step…”

This machine features Nicargua Cigar Wrap Coils he got from Hawaii Tattooist, Q, at House of Ink, another Oahu Tattoo shop in Kailua.  This machine also has some parts from Larry Hanks and Mike Nash and has a gun metal blue etched glass look.

The machine in his left hand has very special meaning for the man.

“I built this machine for my homie who got locked up.  He’s one of the most talented artists on the island and he is the reason I got into tattooing.  I wanted him to have something to do when he gets out.”

Marko’s friend will be out shortly and has already been working on tattoos for guards.  “I’ve seen some sick pieces he’s done there, it’s clean work.”  It must be good if someone as dedicated at growing as an Artist like Marko, is saying it.

You can find Marko at our Waikiki Tattoo Shop along with Shop Owner and World Famous Tattoo Artist, Tattoo Adam, Andy Burley, and up and comer Karl ‘Doubledown’ Juthans.  We are open 7 days a week from 10a-10p.

Stop by for your free consultation and to get a beautiful custom tattoo piece!

Adam Siehr, President and Proud Owner
434 Tattoo
Custom Tattooing LLC.

434 Ena Road
Honolulu, Hawaii


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