The Team at Konkrete Jungle
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Introducing the leader of the gang known as Konkrete Jungle, say "Hi" to Chris. The man of many names also goes by Big Chris, Big Esco, The Vanilla Gorilla, King of Urban Script, Big Hungry the Buffet Assassin & The Lettering Guru aka Dave Letter-man... just to name a FEW. Originally from Columbia, Chris bounced around the state in his early years only to eventually end up back where it all started with Columbia's very first Tattoo Shop. Talk about coming full-circle. The Jungle was originally based in the hood of West Baltimore, where the team got the ball rolling and started making a name for themselves. Chris would spend endless late nights at the shop tattooing whoever came in, no matter how late it was. Now, lets rewind back even further to the days before Chris was running his own shop. An up and coming tattooer, Chris was perfecting a style of graffitti-based new-skool form of tattooing. Unfortunately for him, that style hadn't yet caught on in most shops. Therefore, Chris was turned away by most places he applied to work at. The sad thing was, as he put it "most of the people slamming the door in my face were guys who's portfolio's SUCKED". Undeterred, Chris decided to say fuck it, and make it on his own. Fast forward to the current day and it's obvious that he did in fact "Make It" as he now tattoos at and owns one of the dopest shops around. Big Hungry not only has an eye for art, but also an eye for talent as he has surrounded himself with a stable of all-star talent making Konkrete Jungle one of the best shops in the DMV. If not in the shop, you can catch Chris rolling around town in one of his OG West Coast Lowriders, showing the East Coast what it's like to hit the 3-wheel motion!
Meet Sarah, the one and only Queen of Tattoos! This lovely lady is the glue behind the scenes that keeps Konkrete Jungle running like a well-oiled machine. On top of the million things she takes care of on a daily basis, she also manages to tattoo...and tattoo WELL!!! The beautiful bride of our very own Chris, Sarah got into tattooing by surprise. A lifelong art fan, Sarah focused her abilities on photography in the early stages. After being around Chris and watching him perfect his craft, she shocked him one day by confessing that she not only wanted to, but felt she was ready to try tattooing. Not long after that she started working on her first tattoos and has been kicking-ass ever since. When asked about that whole process, she explained that while being around the shop helping out with everything, that she was "on a 5 year apprenticeship when looking back at it". That kind of dedication shows in the perfectly crafted pieces she puts together on a daily basis. Outside of tattooing, Sarah has another passion...her Pitbull Rescue (Saving Grace). She takes the rescue just as serious as she does tattooing, and there are plenty of Pit's that are VERY thankful for that. Where she finds the time to do all she does is beyond me, but I sure am glad she makes it all happen. Having a female tattoo artist adds soo much to The Jungle. Now customers not only have their pick of great artists, but they can choose whether they want to get inked by a male or female. And trust me when I say this, Sarah can hang with any guy in the industry. We are a lucky crew to have Sarah on our team. Not every shop can say they have a completely bad-ass, super-talented "Tattoo Chick". But....WE can!!!
Shop Owner / Tattoo Artist
Shop Owner / Tattoo Artist
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This is Scott. He started tattooing in 1995 at a small two person tattoo shop. After working there for nearly 3.5 years he decided to expand his tattoo abilities and travel for a year and worked and learned different styles and techniques. In 2000, Scott opened up his own studio and ran that for 8 years. After those 8 years Scott decided to concentrate more on tattooing and less off the business aspect. He has worked in a few shops in Maryland and has worked next to some really amazing tattooers who he continues to admire. He enjoys and specializes in tattooing lettering, traditional tattoo styles and black and grey.
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My name is Dallas Sanchez. I have been tattooing for a little over 3 1/2 years now and have been a student of art my whole life. I enjoy doing black and grey, portraits, realism, lettering, color, and just about anything else that involves putting ink in skin.
When I am not tattooing I am enjoying a cold beer on my porch with my drawing pad or I am doing something to better my role of a proud father.
So if you in the area stop in sometime and say hello!