Body of Work: The Tattoo Art of Jose Lopez

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For art's sake: outlines, fine lines and shading.

Jose Lopez's artistic journey began 17 years ago, after a stray bullet left him paralyzed below the waist and in a wheelchair. Today, 150 awards line the walls of his tattoo shop in Fountain Valley. Fans and would-be tattoo artists fly in from around the world to study with Lopez, or to have their bodies decorated by one of the most sought out tattoo artists of the new generation. For more info, please see the accompanying story, "Body of Work," by Daffodil J. Altan, Mar. 12. You can also view more on Lopez at his official website,