Pete Delia, 34, is the owner of Sinful Art Tattoo in Vineland, NJ who has been tattooing for 11 years and owned his own shop for six years. This week I wanted to take the time to not just tell you about his unique talent and skills, but to show you his artwork that is permanently attached to many tattoo lovers’ skin.
Growing up in my household, tattoos were forbidden until you turned 30 (when my mom got her first tattoo). In Dana Jeffries household, it wasn’t strange to get your first tattoo before you turned 16.
Dana Jeffries is a 29-year-old mom with eight tattoos and counting. She lives in Gloucester City, NJ and loves going to events like Comic Con in New York and going out with friends on the weekends. In between events, I was able to catch up with her about her artwork and what her permanent ink means to her.
Q: Describe your tattoo(s) and what they mean to you.
A: Tattoos are a reminder of different points in my life. The tattoo itself generally is not as meaningful as the memories that they bring back when I look at them.
- My first tattoo is a dove carrying a rose and my dad took me to get it for my 15th birthday. It reminds me of him, and how silly I was at that age.
- My second tattoo is a vine with roses on it and a butterfly at the top that reminds me of the friends I had when I was 18 years old.
- My third tattoo is a gecko that reminds me of my first marriage and my fourth tattoo is a black rose with a rosary around it. It reminds me of a lot of things that happened in my early 20s that I don’t ever want to forget.
- My fifth is a dragon that is placed on my arm to chase the gecko because the gecko was lonely.
- My sixth tattoo is an R.I.P for my dad that has a treble clef and drumsticks because my dad was a drummer.
- My seventh one is a sun with an eye in the middle. I’m not gonna lie, that one doesn’t have much meaning to me because that day I just felt like getting a tattoo, but it makes me smile though.
- My last tattoo says, “Live Humbly”. My soon-to-be ex-husband, brother, sister-in-law, and I all got the same tattoo on my wedding day. I’m going to get it covered up some time soon, because that it not a memory that I want to keep and the font is crappy so it looks like it says, “Live Hombre.”
Q: Where did you get your tattoo(s) at on your body and why did you decide to put it there?
- Tattoo number one is on my right ankle. I wanted to get it on my left ankle, but I got a cut on my ankle the day before I was going to get the tattoo. My dad would only let me get a tattoo on my ankle because it can be easily hidden.
- My second tattoo is on my stomach, to the left of my belly button because at the time, I had an awesome stomach. I don’t anymore, but that’s okay.
- My third, fifth, sixth, and seventh tattoos are on my left arm. It was a spontaneous decision to put the gecko there, and the others are there to keep him company.
- My fourth tattoo is on the upper right side of my back that I can only see with a mirror, but I like knowing it’s there.
- My eighth tattoo is on my right arm because there wasn’t enough room on my left arm for it, so I had to branch out a little.
Q: What place did you get your tattoos at and who them?
A: I’ve gotten three tattoos at the Ink Castle in Bellmawr, NJ one at some random place in Watertown, NY, one at Sick Creations in West Deptford, NJ, two at some random place on South St, and one at some random place in Las Vegas. I do a lot of research before getting tattooed.
Q: How long did your tattoos take to complete and how painful were they?
A: I don’t remember how long any of my tattoos took. Not super long, none of them are very big. The tattoos on my arms and ankle didn’t hurt much at all. Maybe a 3. My back tattoo hurt quite a bit. Maybe a 7. The one on my stomach was the worst. Probably a 9. I would not recommend stomach tattoos. The price range of each one was maybe $50-$250?
Q: Do you plan on getting more and do you have any ideas of what they might be?
A: I’ll probably get another one with my daughter’s name eventually, and I’m going to get the Live Humbly one covered up and made into another tattoo. I don’t know what I’m going to do for my daughter yet but it will probably be on my left ankle. I don’t know how I’m going to cover up the tattoo on my right arm, I’ll have to talk with an artist about it. I want to come up with a funny way to do it.
Q: How do people react to your tattoo(s)?
A: Sometimes people that I meet in the winter are shocked to see me with exposed tattoos in the summer. I’m told a lot that I don’t seem like the type of person that would have tattoos, whatever that means…
Q: When did you get your tattoo and has your opinion changed on how you like it or not?
I got my first tattoo when I was 14, about a week before my 15th birthday. I still like that one a lot.
Q: What is your advice for other people who want or are thinking about getting tattoos?
Covering up arm tattoos in the summer sucks.
VINELAND—The tattoo artists at Sinful Art Tattoo Rt. 47 don’t like to tattoo customers in a confined, claustrophobic space like most shops do. They instead tattoo clients in a wide, open area where they can relax and be among other people getting tattoos. Not only that, but the artists like to travel to places and events to share their South Jersey style with other tattoo lovers.
“Tattoo conventions are usually just a gathering of tattoo artists from all around the world,” said Pete Delia, owner of Sinful Art Tattoo in Vineland. “It’s pretty much just a big, open area where we set up temporary booths, and you get different artists from around the world that will come to people that want to be tattooed by them.”
Pete Delia, 34, has been tattooing for 11 years and has owned his own shop for six years. The shop can be found open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 12-9 and Sunday through Monday by appointment only. Delia has a special interest in photo realism and portraits, but does every kind of tattoo from the Aztec calendar to stick figures.
One the weekend of September 27-30, the guys at Sinful Art Tattoo set up a booth at the Sinful Art Tattoo Expo in conjunction with the White Rose Thunder motorcycle rally in York, Pennsylvania. Around 35,000 people were in attendance and tattoo artists from all over the country showed up to do amazing works of art.
Four other tattoo artists also work at the shop: Josh “Dynamo” has been tattooing there for 6 years, Dave “AZMA” Knauer has been working there for a year and a half, Mike has been working there for 3 years, Ernie has been working there for a year, and Don the apprentice and piercer has been there for a year. Mike, Dave, and Don work there full time and Josh and Ernie work there part time.
Delia decided to set up Sinful Art Tattoo differently from his first tattoo shop. “We have an open style shop to where I only have one booth that is set up for private sessions and the rest of the shop is an open layout so when you are getting tattooed
everybody else is getting tattooed around you.” said Delia. For those who are waiting to be tattooed, there is a great display of pictures and drawings all over the walls.
Delia plans to continue traveling to tattoo conventions annually. “It’s a chance for people to get tattooed by somebody that they wouldn’t normally get tattooed by,” he said. “People that are tattoo collectors that don’t just want to go to the same person like different artists. It’s a way for them to get to a close area and get tattooed by different people.“