Mark Mahoney

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Mark Mahoney[1] is an American tattoo artist, considered the "founding father" of black and grey art with a single needle.[2]

Many[who?] in the business consider Mahoney a "living legend".[3][2] He owns and is the principal artist at the Shamrock Social Club on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, CA.[4] Mahoney started his work as a tattoo artist in Boston in 1977 (when tattooing there was illegal), where he was in the midst of the 1970s punk scene. He has stayed relevant and influential in the tattoo world ever since. He was a pivotal force during the 1980s black-and-grey movement, and has tattooed some of Hollywood's biggest names.

Mahoney has said he knew what he "wanted to do" with his life when he was fourteen and hanging around with this "little greaser gang" and stepped into Buddy Mott's Tattoo Spot in Newport, Rhode Island.[2] He said he has always been attracted to the idea that tattoos are "art for the people", art for the everyday man or woman.[2] His early inspirations included cars, choppers, and religious artifacts. He is most known for his black and grey work, and more specifically images of religious icons, old school collages, girls, bombs, and guns.

When Mahoney first became interested in tattoo art, it was during a time period "when you had to be an outlaw, or you had to be a real brave soul to get a tattoo." With today's ease of tattoo removal and creams to make the process less painful, some of that appeal is gone, he said.[2]

Many artists[who?] have showed appreciation for Mahoney, one of them being singer and songwriter Lana Del Rey who has worked with the tattoo artist on three of her music videos.[citation needed]

Notable clients[edit]

A self professed people person, Mahoney creates a laid back atmosphere in his shop that celebrities appreciate.[tone][5] Here is a list of some of his celebrity clients:

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Children's clothing line[edit]

Mahoney also designs for a clothing line for children called babyeggi.[10] This company has a charitable component, donating 20% of their net proceeds to "grassroots non-profit organizations dedicated to making the lives of children better, and to pass on the important principle of giving back to the community."[11]


  1. ^ "Meet the High Priest of Hollywood Tattoo Artists". The Hollywood Reporter. 22 May 2017. Retrieved 2019-09-23.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t "OG Poise - Mark Mahoney - Lowrider Arte Magazine". Archived from the original on 2009-05-31. Retrieved 2010-02-20.
  3. ^ "Meet the High Priest of Hollywood Tattoo Artists". The Hollywood Reporter. 22 May 2017.
  4. ^ "Shamrock Social Club, Where the elite and the underground meet". Retrieved 2019-09-23.
  5. ^ "Gettin' Inked: 20 of the World's Most Famous Tattoo Parlors | Travelhacker". Archived from the original on 2010-02-17. Retrieved 2010-02-20.
  6. ^ "Tattoo Blog » It's Mark Mahoney Time!".
  7. ^ "Gonzo | Tim Ryan | Host | TV Series | Unplanned America | SBS 2". Retrieved 2018-12-16.
  9. ^ "Shamrock Social Club West Hollywood".
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-08. Retrieved 2010-02-20.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  11. ^ "Baby Eggi - stylish, one of kind lifestyle clothing for babies and toddlers". Archived from the original on 2010-02-25. Retrieved 2010-02-20.

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