Leo Zulueta at Spiral Tattoo. Ann Arbor, Michigan, August 2011
May 18, 1952|
During the 1970s he began to explore his interest in Bornean traditional tattooing. In 1976 he met tattoo artist Don Ed Hardy, who encouraged him to become a tattooist. Zulueta started tattooing professionally in 1981.
Zulueta's style of neo-tribal tattooing has been influential on other tattoo artists. In 1989, he was featured in the RE/Search publication Modern Primitives. In 1992, Zulueta founded Black Wave Tattoo in Los Angeles, California, which he sold in 2000. In 2007, he was featured on TLC's Tattoo Wars with his protégé Rory Keating.
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