Bliss Tattoo is owned and operated by Richard Lamos. Richard is from Boulder, Colorado. He has been an artist since he can remember, some of his earliest memories are of drawing, and by middle school he had begun painting and knew that he wanted to spend his life making art. His family moved to South Florida when he was young, and by the end of high school, many of the influences that would shape much of his life were in play, including an interest in spirituality, use of hallucinogenic substances, and the very first tattoos, age 18, handpoked onto willing and happy friends.
After finishing high school, he moved to San Francisco, where he attended San Francisco Art Institute, which he found to be a great experience but he did not finish there, as he felt it was not supportive of his artistic endeavors, including tattooing. There was a period of many months backpacking through Mexico after leaving California, a formative experience for Richard, sparking a love of traveling, of the people and places down South, and included forays into the psychedelic worlds to be found in some of the native plants.
Richard next moved to Atlanta, Georgia, where he began a formal tattoo apprenticeship with Robert Meyers, at Body Images Tattoo. At age 23, this was obviously one of the most important times of his life, and will always feel a debt to Robert. He next worked with Darrin White, at House of Color Tattoo, and then also with Cap Szumski, at Timeless Tattoo, who Richard credits with helping to refine and develop his tattooing skills. He remained in Atlanta for around four years. Wanting to live in the desert for a while, he moved to Tucson, Arizona, where he was fortunate to work with Keely Tackett, an accomplished tattooer and a great friend. While enjoying his time in Arizona, including some time in Flagstaff, he eventually decided to take another long trip, this time to Costa Rica and Peru, working in Keely's shop in Costa Rica and mostly exploring the Amazon basin area of Peru, experiencing the kindness of the people, and again finding inspiration in nature.
Upon returning to the US, he went to Asheville, North Carolina, and is grateful to Brian Reaid at Ace of Spades Tattoo for providing employment. After a few years Richard was able to open Bliss Tattoo, now in its fifth year. Richard is thankful for all of the amazing clients that allow him to continue to make a living doing what he loves.
Richard is a Buddhist, practices meditation regularly, and now considers this to be his primary spiritual path.
To see more of Richard's work, including painting, please visit his website, richardlamos.com.
Amber Merideth was born in Asheville, NC and grew up here as well. She has spent her life being fascinated by body modifications and dreamed of becoming a body piercer. After years of working in the food service, customer service, and retail worlds she made her way into her dream career. She managed a tattoo studio in Hendersonville, NC during and after her apprenticeship in Duncan, SC. Once Amber was released and able to serve the public she hasn't looked back. Amber has been piercing professionally for 6 years and is well versed in a wide variety of piercings. She performs everything from simple ear lobes to intricate ear projects and both male/ female intimate piercings. Amber's favorite stones are opals, but she can help you select the perfect one for you from hundreds of different combinations. She uses jewelry only from companies that use ASTM certified surgical implant grade metals. Some of those companies are Infinite, Leroi, Anatometal, Neometal, BVLA, etc. Amber refuses to provide anything she herself would never wear.
Chris originally hails from Southern California, where he spent most of his days in Huntington Beach and the Long Beach area before relocating to Nevada for a spell, then a cross county adventure to Asheville, NC, where he has settled down in a little place with his family.
It was at a very early age when tattoos sparked mystery and curiosity about them. His first memories of tattoos came from the old blue-black blotches of navy tattoos that were on his dad's forearms. You couldn't tell what they were anymore. He had a sailor skunk on one and something else on the other that's now lost in time. He had a few handpokes on his upper arm ; He hated them and I loved them.
At the ripe and rebellious age of fourteen, Chris had his hand at some good old handpoking. What a exhilarating experience that was. First on himself then, on a few friends. All these years later, he still wears one of his very first handpoked tattoos. Jump forward to his eighteenth birthday and somehow the girlfriend at that time got a real tattoo machine. It was a re-branded S&R Supreme style machine. He had not a clue on what to do. You see, amongst his close personal friends then, none were into tattoos and Chris was treading on his own. Being the early 1990's and in the Hardcore Punk scene in SoCal, there were plenty of acquaintances though, willing to give up some skin. Chris looks back and says, “Don't try this at home kids...hahhaha”
It was around 1991 when a friend who had a graveyard shift at a 24 hour Kinko's, introduced Chris to a guy who would later become his first boss and mentor like person. The guys name was Christopher Sexton; he was working at Good Time Charlies in Anaheim then. Chris would go visit him from time to time. Riding his bike from HB to GTC's. Contact was temporary lost for about a year or so, since Sexton left GTC with Cory Miller to open their own shop in a desert town. Later they crossed paths and Sexton asked if Chris was still trying to tattoo. He sure was and invited him over to check some stuff out. That was a good day for Chris as Sexton offered me a job at his new shop in Newport Beach, it was called The Wacky Shak. “I thank and owe that guy, He gave me a break and my foot was in the door.” Chris learned a lot there. Not everything was tattooing. Looking pack, some life lessons were unknowingly learned. Chris worked there for awhile and one day, it was time to move on. For several years Chris worked at some bad places and some in private studio settings. Went to part time tattooing to raise his eldest daughter on his own until it was time to leave his home state.
It's now been nearly a decade in Asheville, NC and after working in a few other shops in town, Bliss Tattoo has been his home for a couple years now.
Chris is progressing more and more of his tattoos in Blackwork, Dotwork, Geometry and classic pen and ink styled illustrations. The use if Black in in timeless, holds up very well over the years and can make a bold and also beautiful statement.
To inquire about some work from Chris, he can be contacted through the following means:
Bliss Tattoo is currently located at:
875 Tunnel Road, Asheville, NC 28805.
You can call the shop at 828.299.4147.
Facebook page: www.facebook.com/artofrattus
“Don't try this at home kids. Now come get a tattoo! “