Josh Duffy – Black Castle Art Co.
Owner of Black Castle Art Co. in Peoria Az, Josh Duffy is making his name as a legend in the tattoo world. Before starting his own business, Josh worked out of Timeline Gallery in San Pedro California, alongside Carlos Torres and Alan Padilla, who are no strangers to quality tattoos. Josh has a style all his own. Focusing on dark, horror style, a theme that carries over into his oil paintings as well.
Josh has been tattooing for over 12 years and first started getting tattooed at 21. Josh says his favorite tattoo, located on his torso, is a work in progress by some of his favorite tattooers. His collection includes, Alan Padilla, Carlos Rojas, Mike DeVries and Carlos Torres.
Tattoo Marque’s Helm, recently sat down with Josh at his shop to ask him a few questions. Here is what he had to say:
Helm: So when did you know you were going to be a tattoo artist?
JD: HAHA I didn’t! I was a musician. Everyone in my family was an artist, everybody does it for a living. At the end of the day, when you are raised around something, you always want to be different. You want to stand out, so I didn’t want to be an artist or paint, I wanted to be a musician. Then I started painting on the side with my mom, doing mural work for private homes and businesses, and my buddies were like, “hey man, why don’t you tattoo?” I eventually bought a kit and started to tattoo.
Helm: What do you say your style of tattoo is?
JD: I don’t even know, Black and Grey, realistic surrealism?
Helm: Do you like to travel a lot?
JD: I do like to travel but I hate to travel without my family. Everytime I travel alone, I get homesick.
Helm: Who is your favorite artist outside the tattoo world?
JD: From oil painters and comic book artists, I love them all, everybody is
inspirational. But if I had to say, for me, Richard Schmid, Sean Barber, my mom more than anybody. I have huge shoes to fill.
Helm: Who influenced you as an artist?
JD: Just the people I worked around. I went to a whole slew of other shops. Then I met Mario Vasquez, who owned Modern Ink, super rad guy and took me right in.
Helm: What tattoo artist inspires you?
JD: I’ve been inspired by so many artists over the years. Adan Padilla, David Joe Garriga, came out of nowhere.
Helm: What conventions do you enjoy going to?
JD: I love hell city, it’s always been my favorite convention because of the level of detail they put into it.
Helm: What would be your advice to a tattoo collector?
JD: How long has your artist been tattooing. Don’t find an artist based on his following on social media. At the end of the day, you want to see a tattoo that lasts, that is beautiful, and doesn’t heal washed out. Experience plays a huge factor in quality tattoos that will stand the test of time.
You can follow Josh: instagram @josh_duffy http://blackcastleart.com