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. 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.
A number of years ago I was born, and it didn't take me long to find motorcycles and rock and roll, and then eventually tattoos. Beginning in 2001 in Phoenix, I was catapulted into the mysterious and wild world of tattooing. In 2006 I made Richmond my home. I enjoy making american traditional bold color tattoos as well as smooth semi-realistic black and grey tattoos. I love doing skulls tattoos and flower tattoos. Also, I do pin striping and lettering on just about anything. ANYTHING!
Don will be available at conventions, check out our events page for details!