Big Dawg, Javier

Big Dawg, 36, owner of Vato Loco Tattoo Studio began tattooing in 2002 and has since made Vato Loco Tattoo Studio a Chicano destination in Arlington Texas.

Big Dawg specializes in Chicano Tattoos, as well as American traditional, cartoons, whole lines, lowrider art, and gangster lettering.

“My favorite thing about this industry is the freedom,” said Big Dawg. “I feel like I’m skipping school every day when I come to work and then I get to do art all day.”


Shawn Delahunt, aka, Warlock, 43, started his extensive tattoo career in 1987. A relative to Vlad, The Impaler, Warlock has tattooed in 38 states and in 8 different countries.

“I have tattooed in Amsterdam all the way down Europe into Italy and then over to Thailand and Korea,” said Warlock.

This world traveler enjoys tattooing fine line, fantasy, whole color photorealism.


Eric Villarreal

Eric Villarreal, 36, is an 8-year tattoo veteran who began his apprenticeship under Bob Shaw. Eric specializes in Neo-traditional tattoos and enjoys working alongside other great artists.

“I like working with other artists and pull inspiration from them and their art,” said Eric.


Edwin Santiago Jr, 31, started tattooing professionally 5 years ago in Fullerton California, under Cisco Fernandez.

Edwin joined the crew at Vato Loco Tattoo Studio about 5 months ago and has since found his home.

“I’m interested in doing custom lettering and black and gray realism,” said Edwin. “I have a graffiti backgrounds and so I love to crush lettering, gangster shit, like mixing of different fonts that create unique tattoos.”

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Lee Soto

lee soto tattoo artistLee Soto, 31, Began tattooing at the young age of 16. After refining his talents, Lee found Vato Loco Tattoo Studio and has been creating beautiful tattoos for the last 2 years.

Lee specializes in black and grey realism tattoos and loves the freedom of the art.

"The freedom and the art is why I tattoo," said Lee. "My favorite part is going custom freehand tattoos."

wip rose tattoo by lee soto
moon wolf tattoo by lee soto
maria rose tattoo by lee soto
cowboy portrait tattoo by lee soto
baby portrait tattoo by lee soto
portrait tattoo by lee soto
baby portrait tattoo 2 by lee soto
Man portrait tattoo by lee soto
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skull tattoo by lee soto

Hector Delamora

Tattoos by Hector Delamora in Arlington Texas Vato Loco Tattoo StudioHector, 35, has been in the tattoo industry for many years and came to Vato Loco about 2 years ago. 

“I’m always looking for new ways to push the boundaries of creative expression.”

Hector specializes in traditional and neo-traditional tattoos, although he also likes to tattoo black and gray opaque style, which looks has creamy lines and smooth flow.

“When I’m not tattooing or spending time with my family, I am usually drawing up new designs for my portfolio, creating watercolor/acrylic/spray painted pieces, including my most recent hobby of painting custom skateboards,” said Hector. “I’m always looking for new ways to push the boundaries of creative expression.”