Meet the Contestants of 'Best Ink 3': Carey Matthews

By Oxygen

Carey Matthews (@inkpusher504)

New Orleans, LA

Carey Matthews has been tattooing for more than 13 years and has been the shop owner of Grafic Ink Studio for over five years. Carey's career had a bumpy start as he worked hard to triumph over the obstacle of being a black tattoo artist in an industry where that is not common. Now, Carey is proud to work 14-hour days by appointment only and excels at dynamic black-and-grey pieces. In addition to being a talented artist in a wide variety of media from watercolor to graffiti, he also has a passion for customizing lowriders. Although he says he is not one to argue, Carey is a fan of telling it like it is. Once he even kicked an unruly customer out of his shop for trying to set his own price!

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