My career in tattooing began back in 1990... i had just turned 18 had started getting tattooed at this new shop out in Tampa. The owners were nice and it was run by a husband & wife team, Jim & Vickie Harris. The boss lady wanted to go out of town and needed someone to answer phones and greet the customers. I was the man for the job! After doing this a few Saturdays, my name showed up on the schedule! After a couple of years of doing this part time, my passion grew into the art aspect of tattooing and started focusing on apprenticing. While apprenticing, the shop I was working for hosted a Tattoo convention. I got to meet a lot of people from all over the country that were only ever seen in magazines! It was an amazing point in my career!
So somewhere in the mid 90's I started my formal apprenticeship and started tattooing! Fast forward to 1999 and I got a job offer here in Richmond, VA. I moved here and fell in love with this city. I started doing a lot of traveling, going to conventions all over the country. In my travels, I learned a lot from other tattoo artists and happened to win a few awards along the way. I opened True Tattoo in 2007 and currently work with a great group of individuals! Swing by the shop and set up an appointment. I love doing large scale tattoos and fun one shot stuff too! Being versatile is one of my specialties. Bring me your bad tattoos...I love a cover up challenge!
Hello! My name is Matt Grosso, and sometimes around the shop they call me socks. I began tattooing in 2010. I've always been a fan of low brow art and tattooing; hanging out at the tattoo shop since I was 16. After not really enjoying my career choices, I was given the opportunity to apprentice and haven't looked back! Before I tattooed, I spent my time building hot rods and motorcycles, pinstriping, and doing custom paint on anything; all of which I still do in my free time. You can find me at the shop Tuesday through Saturday, and occasionally I'll be doing conventions here and abroad.
While I just really love to tattoo in any style, my favorite is hot rod, big bold color work, neo-traditional, and new school, as well as specializing in cover-ups. If you want something twisted up, bold and different, come check me out!
I have won multiple awards for small to large color pieces, as well as featured in a few tattoo books and magazines.
Outside of tattooing, I enjoy other art forms, the low brow art, and weirdo art, inspired by Ed Roth, Robert Williams, and Von Dutch.
Nick Ruffilo has been tattooing at True Tattoo since 2013, but his interest in art goes much further back. Nick is in a rock band called Bad Omens
, so he will be available when he is not out on tour being a rock star. He has yet to give the web developer more details for the public, but check out his Instagram gallery below to see his work!