Ink Couture Tattoos St. Mary's location is home to Matt Arguello. Widely reputed as one of the most versatile tattoo artists in Texas, Matt comes to us as a 17-year tattoo veteran, boasting an illustrious career excelling in black and grey realism, portraits, realistic, and line work, surrealism, and large-scale custom color tattoos.
How long have you been tattooing professionally?
Soon to be 18 years.
What inspired you into the art of tattooing?
I was living with a friend of mine for some time and his father convinced me that my sketchbook would make great flash. He thought I did well enough with a pencil and paper, that transitioning to a needle and skin wouldn't be very difficult, so I decided to give it a try and started my apprenticeship 17 years ago.
Tell us about your preferred style of work.
The styles I enjoy most doing are black and grey realism or black and grey neotraditional. I can, however, tattoo multiple styles.
What inspires you as an artist?
Inspiration can come from literally anywhere, anything, at any time. I sometimes see faces in the water built up on the side of the shower or neat designs in tile patterns. I actually created a whole scene because I was inspired staring at a brown take-out bag, lol.
Why should someone pick you for their next tattoo/to be their artist?
Well, I've been told more often than not, that I am extremely gentle on the skin and that I have a light hand. I also have a knack for calming clients down: they usually notice my calm demeanor and it tends to help them settle down easier.
Anything else you'd like for prospective to know about you?
I'm pretty good and verbalizing an idea for my clients during a consultation, and it tends to help them feel a bit more confident in my abilities to tackle their custom tattoo designs. If more ideas are needed, I tend to get out a piece of paper and sketch out any ideas that are pouring out of my imagination at the time and it helps my clients have a better understanding of what directions we can take with their tattoo ideas so as to help them narrow their design down.