We had the good fortune of connecting with Frankie Caraccioli and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Frankie, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
My Work Life balance gets better with age and experience. I’ve been tattooing almost 20 years now and have finally built up a clientele that helps me feel more financially secure and allows me to afford more days off to spend time with family and friends. I think it’s very healthy to have other interests outside of work and to make time for them when you can.
Being able to travel was the main reason that drove me to get better at my craft. As a child, I would look at National Geographic magazines and day dream about seeing these places with my own eyes and experiencing all these cultures new to me. I’ve had some amazing trips so far and made some of the best of friends while visiting other countries. I’m forever grateful for the opportunities tattooing has given me.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
What sets my art a part from others is my hand. It’s like how no other finger prints are identical to yours. You just have to be honest with your creativity and your natural style will stand out on its own.
Sitting down and doing the work has got me where I am today. I believe I could have progressed even more if I dedicated more time to my craft but I’m ok with not being the greatest to ever do it. The work will take away from your personal life and everyone has to choose how much they are willing to sacrifice. I just want to do the best I can do everyday and progress at a comfortable pace for me.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I really enjoy starting the morning in Atwater Village to grab a coffee at Black Elephant and a burrito at Tacos Villa Corona. I’ll usually order to go and drive over to Griffith Park to hang in the grass area under the trees. Sometimes when I’m feeling naughty I’ll grab a donut from Colorado Donuts.
I usually spend my time outside at local skateparks. El Serrano and Garvanza are my favorites. If I’m not skating the streets then I’m probably hanging with non-skaters and we’re cruising around the east side somewhere shopping and snacking. I also like to share the tattoo shop Heather Bailey and I built called Holy Union Tattoo in Angelino Heights.
Some of my favorite night life spots are Tiki Ti’s in Los Feliz and Bar Stella in Silver Lake.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to dedicate this interview to my dearest friend David Serrano. We met in 2009 and he’s always been so supportive and encouraging in my life. He’s a creative mind as well with good taste and style.
David is a videographer and editor for a few skateboarding brands. He’s also passionate about photography like myself.
Yelp: Holy Union Tattoo
All photos by David Serrano.