Bio & Color Portraits
About The Artist
Roman will be with us in August at the P.I.A.E. Hawaii Tattoo Convention in the Tattoolicious Booth in 2016.
My name is Roman, and I am a 32 years old, proud father of two beautiful little girls. I am currently living in a small town called Yucaipa California. I came from two big Mexican Families, The Abrego's and the Escamilla's. Ever since I was young I was interested in art. My maternal grandfather Art Escamilla was a painter. He would have all of his grandchildren paint at a very young age. I was really into art when I was young, but as I got older I started to get into trouble, eventually ending up in jail. I consider jail one of the major elements that got me back into art. I had a lot of free time to work on my artistic ability and that experience made me want to shape up my life and do something right.
When I was released from jail, I began working with my step-dad Larry Keepers. He really took care of me and kept me out of trouble by teaching me a strong work ethic, but I knew I wanted to do something else other than road construction. My uncle Jerry gave me my first tattoo machine and that's when I knew what I wanted to do. I began tattooing out of my house not knowing what the hell I was doing, but eventually I made my way to a shop. I learned a lot while being surrounded by other artists. I worked with Mike Cole, Carson Hill and my old boss John Graefe. Mike Cole was a very inspirational person to me. His life was art and I liked that.
As for my style I love to do color portraits and bio mechanical or whatever else pops into my head. My shop is called Artistic Element because before we were tattoo artists we were all artists and we bring that element into our tattoos.