Javier Betancourt, along with his colleague John Vale, assumed ownership of Ocho Placas Tattoo Company in 2009 after the sudden passing of owner Jose Luis Carrera. In his decade-long career, his work has earned international recognition and a large and dedicated following. His work is rooted in American traditional but spans many styles. Javier uses classical imagery, romantic and religious themes, with a high contrast palette and meticulous attention to detail.
From the shop’s inception in 2001, John Vale has been here, channeling his artistic abilities through tattooing. Under the late Jose Luis Carrera’s guidance, John became an extremely versatile tattooer, able to do Japanese, American Traditional, portraits, and everything in between.
Miami native Jerry Blades began his tattoo career in 2005 at the famed Sunset Strip Tattoo in Hollywood, CA under the guidance of Robert Benedetti and Greg James. Jerry is a multi-talented and highly versatile tattooer but his talent truly shines in Japanese and portraits. Dedicated to his craft, Jerry can be found drawing, making needles, and mixing pigments on his down time.
Pooka’s unique feminine floral style based on her original drawings and deep love of nature has attracted an enormous clientele. It’s not uncommon for her clients to arrive bearing gifts for her of potted plants and heirloom seeds. She released a book of pressed botanical drawings and paintings called Of Honey and Mud in 2015.
Born in New York, raised and trained in Hialeah, FL, T.Pot makes bold and bright American Traditional tattoos. T.Pot has a keen eye for fun and interesting flash designs which he curates in the form of framed watercolor paintings that have nearly reached the ceiling.
Julio cut his teeth in Richmond, VA before moving back to Miami. His years in Richmond helped him develop a street shop work ethic and he rarely shies away from an idea. His best work is in American Traditional and biker designs.