Bio

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Welcome to the website of Durb Morrison – Tattoo Artist of over 26 years – Owner of RedTree Tattoo Gallery – Organizer of the Hell City Tattoo Fest in Columbus, Ohio as well as Phoenix, Arizona – which has become some of the tattoo industry’s favorite conventions. Durb is also the Inventor and innovator of True Tubes and True Grips and is also a contributing writer for Tattoo Magazine where he interviews fellow tattoo artists from a veteran tattoo artist’s aspect and insight. Considered an industry veteran now, Durb has always worked hard his entire career and strives to give back to tattooing and the industry by teaching his educational seminar “Longevity Of The Tattoo Artist”, where he teaches healthy, preventative ways to prolong an artist’s career by staying strong, limber and aware of their bodies throughout their career.

Durb has consulted for some of today’s top tattoo conventions and continues to travel the world for various tattoo conventions, seminars and guest spots. Durb has had artwork sell in numerous art galleries throughout his career. He’s also the owner of Pint Size Paintings, which has released Volume #1 “Miniature Paintings By Big Artists” which is now a free app on the iphone store as well as Volume #2. Durb is also a proud father to Sid Morrison and when he isn’t working (which is rare) he finds time to paint, write, design, train jiujitsu, snowboard, play video games and hang out with family and friends. He enjoys other mediums of art outside of tattooing, including wood sculpture, metal sculpture, watercolor, oil painting, acrylic painting and graphic design. We hope you enjoy the new website and be sure to take your time to browse all the tattoos, fine art, design and much more!

Born in Newark, Ohio on December 28th, 1972, Durb Morrison graduated high school in 1991. Surviving a challenging childhood, he saturated himself in art and went on to excel in art classes throughout high school with dreams of attending art college. At the tender age of 14 a few of his punk, skateboard kids decided to bust into mom’s sewing machine kit and tattoo each other with small handpoked designs. Durb was slowly brought into the world of tattooing through a family member, and eventually abandoned the art college dream to focus intensely on the art of tattooing, which he has since dedicated his entire life to. Durb was mainly self-educated from the start, having a bunch of crazy punk rock friends that allowed him to tattoo them which helped him learn quickly. Durb then began using professional equipment at the age of 17, which was the beginning of his actual tattoo career. That was the moment that fueled his fire for tattooing, making his interest in tattooing grow quickly and sending him on an amazing journey through life!

At the age of 18, Immediately after Durb graduated high school, he began working in a professional tattoo studio to work with Tim Miller in Columbus, Oh. He later decided to travel the country tattooing, sight seeing and generally learning from artists around the country, eventually settling down in Anaheim and Huntington Beach, California. Early in his career in 1994, he began receiving dozens of awards for his work and started to get his tattooing published in every major tattoo magazine. Later, Durb met the infamous Sailor Moses (R.I.P.) while traveling the country, and worked his booth at Sturgis in 1993. He later gave Durb the invitation to move to Biloxi, MS to learn more from him, which was an amazing experience. In 1994 he moved back to Columbus to open Stained Skin, which went on to become a staple in the tattoo industry and Columbus, Ohio. In 1999 he opened his second studio in his hometown of Newark, Ohio called Second Skin. Durb’s studios have always had an incredible amount of intensely talented tattoo artists working there over the years, which gave him the opportunity to constantly grow and expand, meeting new artists, and learn new techniques. Durb has since sold both Stained Skin Studios to focus intensely on personal fine art and design work, The Hell City Tattoo Festival, True Tubes, True Needles, True Grips, Writing for Tattoo Magazine, Pint Size Publishing and other various projects.

Today, Durb is a proud father to Sid Morrison and also organizes and promote the Hell City Tattoo Festival in Columbus, Ohio and also in Phoenix, Arizona, which has become one of the tattoo industry’s favorite conventions. He has consulted for some of today’s top tattoo conventions. Durb currently tattoos privately  at RedTree Tattoo Gallery as well as on the road at conventions and guest spots. Durb has had artwork sell in numerous art galleries throughout my career. He has become a contributing writer for Tattoo Magazine, where he interviews other tattoo artists. Durb is very much an Apple Computer advocate and does a lot of design work on them for his own personal art as well as designing many things for Hell City, True Tubes and his other companies! Durb’s interest in Apple’s iPhone sparked my interest in designing apps like Pint Size Paintings that give back to the tattoo industry and are educational as well. He has recently released “Pint Size Paintings” app on the iPhone. Durb also developed True Tubes, True Grips, HexaGrips, True Cartridge Tubes and much more that has revolutionized modern tattooing.

When Durb’s not working (which is rare) he finds time to paint, write, design, play paintball, snowboard, play video games and hang out with family and friends. He also enjoys other mediums of art outside of tattooing, including wood sculpture, metal sculpture, watercolor, oil painting, acrylic painting and graphic design.  Be sure to take your time and view all of the tattooing and other fine art on Durb’s site. PLEASE DO NOT COPY any works for personal replication of any kind! These images on this site are copyrighted and very personal to those wearing them. Thanks for visiting!

Media, Publications & Appearances

Published in The Force in the Flesh II
Published in Pint Size Paintings Vol#2
Published in Black & Grey’s Finest Art Book
Published in Tattoo Prodigies 1&2
Published in Feathers of Inspiration: The Bird Art Project

Published in Meows & Roars Of Inspiration – The cat art project
Published in Mike Devries’ “Tattoo Prodigies” and “Tattoo Prodigies 2”
Published in Pint Size Paintings Volume #1
Published in The Tattoo Coloring Book Project
Recently on TLC’s “Tattoo Wars” filmed at the Hell City Tattoo Fest
Recently on History Channel’s “The Works” tattoo episode
Artwork in Hyperspace Studio’s “Scratchboard Art Project” book
Album artwork for Mighty Mighty Bosstones album “Jackknife to a Swan”
Designed clothing for Bosstones 2004 warped tour merch line
Tattooed Ricky Rockett of Poison
Tattooed Dicky Barret of the Mighty Mighty Bosstones
Tattooed Coby Dick of Papa Roach
Tattooed Trevor Keith of Face to Face, and numerous others
Poster artwork in “The Art of Modern Rock” by Paul Grushkin & Dennis King
Published in Tattoos in Rolling Stone book “Tattoo Nation
Poster artwork inElectric Frankenstein” book by Sal Canzonieri
Tattoos inTattoo” by Dale Rio
Tattoos inInside the Tattoo Circus” by Kristian Misser
Tattoos inDo Not Disturb” by Chaz Krider
Tattoos in “Inked – Outrageous Tattoos” by TeNeues
Articles and tattoos in I.T.A.
Articles and tattoos in Tattoo Artist Magazine
Articles and tattoos in Skin Art Magazine
Articles and tattoos in Tattoo Review
Articles and tattoos in Easyrider Tattoo
Articles and tattoos in Savage Magazine
Articles and tattoos in Skin & Ink magazine
Published Writings by Durb in Tattoo Magazine # 250, #254

Articles and tattoos in Numerous other fine magazines!!

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