We had the good fortune of connecting with Marc Francis Ona and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Marc Francis, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
I’d say, I’m not there yet. I’m still striving hard to get there, working harder than I ever before and creating my own opportunities so I can achieve the real success. Too many people have dreams and yet they take no action on any of it. You have to stretch yourself and go beyond what you think is possible.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I focus mainly on clean fine line and micro-realism tattoos, I take time to make everything faultless and crisp. Whether the design you’re looking for is something understated and minimalist, or vivid and intricate, I’m here for it.
I’d say, what sets me apart is the versatility of styles I can do, where a lot of artists really enjoy one genre, I really enjoy taking a bit of everything. From lines to letters, portraits or symbols, my tattoos have a distinct quality to them.
Like most of the artists who’s starting, I started tattooing at home. But unlike most, I never really had the chance to apprentice. I only learned tattooing by myself, being passionate, reading about it and watching tutorial videos on Youtube. Then it started there, from tattooing friends on my home studio to people whom I didn’t know to a shop. While I was still working on my 8 to 5 job, I was tattooing on the side. Then suddenly I was out of that soul-crushing 8-5 work routine and pursue my tattooing career instead. I was working hard and I spent years making sacrifices, getting my name out there and it wasn’t easy at first. However, once I started to see results from my efforts, I realized that my sacrifices were worth it. Successful people work harder than anyone they know. They hold themselves to the highest of standards every single day and inspire others to do the same.
My brand is not only just about tattooing, I put my heart onto every piece I do, it has to be special and personal to each client. I value the importance of creating connections with others.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I recommend taking some time to explore the Venice Beach. The free-spirited Venice Boardwalk is flanked by funky shops, street performers, colorful murals and chock-full of restaurants where there are lots of options for food that are spread down the boardwalk. I’d also like to rent a bike and stroll over to the Santa Monica Pier around sunset to see the beach. On the pier, you’ll also find an amusement park combined with plenty of restaurants, bars, and an entertaining arcade.
Hollywood is also nice to visit, there you’d see the Walk of Fame, Chinese Theatre, and Paramount Studios. At night, Sunset Boulevard is probably best for its restaurants and bars. The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
It is often said that behind every successful man is a woman. I would consider myself to have achieved substantial success by now, because just not too many years ago and long before that, I only dreamed of it. And it seemed very impossible at that time. But, I’d have to tap myself at the back and say I did it through the help of my significant other. I adore her for her unceasing love, support, and encouragement. And to my family and friends who wholeheartedly believed in me and supported me. There will never be enough words to show my gratitude. I also want to give credit to all my co-artist that I’ve been working with, I know it’s not an easy job and we’re killing it.
Graymarcs and Simon Ona