Tattoos by Shotsie Gorman


Guest Artist

Shotsie Gorman is a thirty year veteran tattooist. His saga had it's start tattooing in NYC before it was legal. His first underground shop was on 26th street. He opened his first legitimate studio in Union City NJ in 1979. Moving to a different location in Northern NJ area until he settled on a six station shop in Wayne NJ and a three person studio in West Milford NJ just 40 Minutes from Manhattan NY. Both studios are now owned and operated without connection to Shotsie in any way other than the title of the studio.

Shotsie has appeared on many national tv shows and news talking head shows as an ambassador for tattooing. The late nineties Shotsie had won many tattoo awards and was considered by his peers to be the worlds top 10 tattoo artists. He published and award winning tattoo magazine titled "The Tattoo Advocate." He was the public realtions manager for the National Tattoo Association.

Shotsie was one of the co-founders and conceptualized many of the by-laws of the Alliance of Professional Tattooists, the only professional tattoo organization concerning itself with the health and legal issues before the tattoo community.

Shotsie has tattooed many celebrities in sports, music, and theater industry during his career. In 1999 conceptualized and created the Absolute Restraint Absolute Vodka ad. Shotsie was a standing member of the government appointed steering committee that set the universal health standard for tattoo procedures adopted by the NJ department of Health and Human Services in the state of New Jersey. In addition to his many accolades in the tattoo world, Shotsie is a nationally recognized poet award winner in the Allen Ginsberg Prize for poetry and writer of Non fiction. He has been published in many literary journals, poetry anthologies and magazines and he is currently performing spoken work poet and facilitator of the Sonoma Community Centers Poetry Salon.

In addition he is an exhibiting ceramic sculpture currently showing at the John Natsoulas Gallery in Davis, Ca and a juried exhibitor in the prestigious Northern Arizona University Ceramic Biennial at the art museum in Flagstaff AZ the exhibition. He also is represented in a number of nationally recognized galleries exhibiting large scale abstract acrylic paintings.

Now at 57 years old, a coastal transplant living comfortably in northern California in Sonoma with his wife and fellow artist Kristine Gorman and thier three children, Emma 21, Lucas 19 and Cleo 5.