“What better place to get inspiration from than Hollywood, California – a mecca of hidden talent.
We, too, want to be included and remembered for being a part of which will one day become history. We want to be ‘Timeless’.”—Connor & Caleb
Timeless Tattoo is the product of two individuals’ lifelong passion for the artistry of tattooing. Connor Garritty and Caleb Forbis built Timeless from the ground up, from its initial vision to the construction of the building itself. They succeeded in their goal: to make a comfortable tattooing environment with no ego and no pretentiousness. They are just real people who have a gift in creating superior tattoos.
Timeless Tattoo prides itself in the highest levels of artistry, precision, and originality. Whether it is a traditional Americana tattoo, Japanese-inspired, a butterfly, or a dragon, both Caleb and Connor have the ability to create tattoos that are unique and beautiful. On top of the quality of tattoos produced, Timeless provides an atmosphere that is first and foremost comfortable and willing to accommodate any client request.
In a town with so much tattoo history and artistry, they both decided to make a name for themselves by opening their own shop. Thus, the vision of Timeless art has been actualized.
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Artist: Connor Garritty
I started tattooing in the winter of 1996, fresh out of high school at the ripe age of 19. A friend showed me the fine craft of homemade tattooing: a spoon, ac adapter, a boom box motor, a little electrical tape, some beer caps, and a couple loyal friends. “I was a tattoo artist”... so I thought.
After a year of going to local metal shows and house parties, my folks helped me out financially for an apprenticeship at Raptor Tattoo in Edmonton, AB Canada under the instruction of Glen Warwa. The summer of 1997 thus marks my lifelong commitment to art, travel, and tattoo.
After spending two years at Raptor, I packed up and moved to Vancouver, B.C., where I began working at Liquid Silver Tattoo with Ed Holmes. I gained crucial experience there--learning about machine building, color, the proper way to solder needles, and sterilization techniques.
By 2000 I was still eager to expand my knowledge, so I headed south to California to fulfill a dream of living in Hollywood and diving deep into the tattoo scene there. I got my start at Atomic Tattoo on Hollywood Blvd., in the heart of all the action. Next I moved to Silverlake to experience another side of Los Angeles, where Mike Ferguson's First Amendment Tattoo became my home for a short time.
After First Amendment I moved on to Broken Art Tattoo to work next to the extremely talented, Jeremy Swan. There I picked up on a whole other side of tattooing, motivated solely by the desire to create art. Hence, I truly started to become a better artist at that point. Jeremy pushed me to draw and show my customers that I was an artist and designer, alongside being a tattooist. He always told me "Your art is worth more than that", so I started to make the transition from charging less and rushing through a piece, to charging more and taking my time to create both a unique experience and an amazing piece of art. To this day it hasn't chased my clients away.
For one reason or another I left Broken Art and moved on to Studio City Tattoo--one of the busiest shops I’ve ever worked in. I got to work alongside some great artists and the constant flow of work coming in helped me to push my skills further, but like so many times before, the time had come to move on.
This time it was more of a revelation of what I wanted to become and what the future had in store for me and my craft. With that in mind, it was time to do what I always strived for; open my own shop.
Artist: Caleb Forbis
In 1995, deep in Humboldt County, (Northern California) is where I began my professional tattoo career. It started with an apprenticeship under Dean Schuburt (part of Bill Salmon's Diamond Club and owner of Visual Tattoo) for the standard one year of instruction. From there, I fell in with Eureka, CA locals Shawn Arneson and Ed Lott, of Humboldt Original, Skin Signea Tattoo--two of the nicest and most talented artists on the North Coast. I spent 6 years tattooing alongside them.
In 2002, I made it out from behind the Redwood Curtain, only to end up in fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada. For the next 3 years I enjoyed the city life, where I got nice and cozy with the classic Vegas street shop hustle. There I met now good friend Shane Jay (owner of Classic Tattoo Las Vegas), who helped me perfect my artistry and technical skills. With the Vegas box checked, I was on to Los Angeles and happy to be heading back to Cali. I worked for 3 1/2 years at the busy Studio City Tattoo, which is where I met my current partner Connor Garrity. The connection between us was electric as we shared similar goals and artistic visions. The vibe was right, so together we decided to open up our own shop in Hollywood, Timeless Tattoo.
Now in my 14th year of tattooing, I am enjoying working around my friends and family in a laid back environment that Connor and I built from the ground up. I am happy and thankful for all that has helped me along the way.
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