Meet the Artist: Jason Stephan
Jason has been a tattoo artist for more than 25 years. He’s been with Loose Screw Tattoo since the shop opened in 2011. The artist is a family man, always talking about sharing fun stories about his children. Just like him, his art is colorful, fun, and full of imagination. Jason shares a little bit about himself, including what he has in common with fellow Loose Screw artist Nick Mitchell.
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Rockledge, Florida.
What brought you to Richmond?
Jesse Smith and I met and became friends at Ancient Art Tattoo in Virginia Beach around 2002. We remained friends after we’d both left the shop. He moved to Richmond and I moved back to Florida. He and I had always talked about working together again, so when the timing was right, I moved back to Virginia.
What drew you to the craft?
Heavy metal and skateboarding. I loved both of them dearly, but was never good enough to do anything in those fields professionally. What I did have was a passion for art and I loved tattoos.
What are your favorite kind of pieces to work on?
Animated. Anything with a face and a lot of character.
How do you like to practice your craft?
I do sill love to sketch quite a bit. After you learn how to tattoo properly, your drawings are the only thing that sets you apart in this field. So I try to always make what I draw as interesting as possible.
Where are your favorite Richmond restaurants?
For me the best food in Richmond is Pepe’s Mexican Restaurant in Midlothian. I usually get a burrito called “The Chesterfield” (pork carnitas, rice, black beans, creamy chipotle sauce and homemade chorizo) with chips and salsa on the side. In Carytown, my favorite place to go is Galaxy Diner. I get the Supernova BLT with macaroni on the side.
What are your other favorite places in Richmond to spend your free time?
I like work and home the best. My best friends are the people I work with. They are great people. I have a family at home. My kids will always be the most important people in the world to me. I truly could spend forever with them.
What are you looking forward to at this year’s Richmond Tattoo, Arts, and Music Festival?
I have an overall great feeling about that show, in general. It’ll always be my favorite.