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JJ OHLINGER

I have been making art as long as I can remember. I grew up in Omaha, Nebraska moved to Greenville, South Carolina as a teenager, and earned a degree in Scientific Illustration from the University of Georgia. After college I moved to San Francisco for several years, working as an illustrator for the Grateful Dead, After Jerry’s untimely demise, I transitioned to web design and development.

In the late 90s I moved to Charleston, South Carolina, where I owned a graphic design and web agency while also maintaining a painting studio on King Street, hosting art shows and also getting my work out to other galleries and museums. In 2006, I moved back to Greenville, South Carolina and devoted myself full time to painting and teaching art classes.

A few years ago I decided to try my hand at tattooing. I approach it as another medium for creating one-of-a-kind pieces of art. I wanted to see if I could translate illustration and painting techniques into tattoo form. My favorite thing about making tattoos is that every single one is a collaboration between me and the person who wears it. I love helping people to express themselves through tattoos and enjoy the challenge of bringing a fine art style to the process, creating art you can wear.

Which brings us here, to the next logical step. My wife and I decided it was time to open our own tattoo shop. Ready for a change from the hot and humid South, we set our sights on Salt Lake City, UT, and opened Prohibition Ink Custom Tattoo in October, 2016. We are located in the heart of the Sugar House neighborhood, a walkable, unique part of the city that is known for being a haven for artists and rebels of all stripes. We are excited to be a part of our community and look forward to serving the tattoo needs of the greater Salt Lake area for many years to come.

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