London was born in a melting pot of culture. Orange County, California, was a place where punk rock, hardcore, hip hop, and surf culture all melded into one. It formed a unique style that helped London borrow the best of multiple world and form his own unique voice.
Youth, for London, was also heavily influenced by art. An avid drawer since the time he could walk, he was obsessed with art. His parents fueled and encouraged that obsession with as many art supplies as he needed.
Gradually, his obsession with drawing gave way to a passion for tattoo. “I drowned myself in the art of tattoo and never looked back,” London recalls. The bright colors and imagery of his youth and birthplace spoke to him. He knew what he was meant to do, and it’s something he’s pursued with passion ever since.
It’s that passion that defines London’s work, and what he believes separates great artists from the rest of the pack. “You have to want to push yourself to be better,” he says. “If you’re the same artist today that you were five years ago, you’re not working hard enough.” London first noticed this passion when he began working as an apprentice, and beyond money and fame, it’s what’s stayed with him ever since.
What sets London’s work apart and makes him truly great is his use of color, and that’s why he uses Intenze. “I like the array of options that Intenze provides,” he says. “There’s so many that I know I can mix them in so many ways that I can create any color scheme that I can think of. There’s also the quality that comes with Intenze. I want my tattoos to stand the test of time, and with this ink, I know they will.”
Today London Reese works at Vatican Studios in his hometown of Orange County.