Johnny Flowers, a native of Buffalo, New York, began creating art in high school drawing tattoo designs for fellow students. During his short stint at Daemen college, Johnny found a tattoo machine in his hand and never looked back. For the next 12 years he managed to build a tattoo following, win awards and become co-owner of 125 Art Collective, one of Buffalo's premier studios, along side his mentor, Ted Hawkins. Doing this while working another full-time job, Johnny had a choice in 2022 before Ted retired from tattooing and headed back to his home in California. "I know what had a leash on me for so many years not becoming a full-time artist. I don't regret any of it because of the people I got to meet. The jobs served their purpose, it was just time for me."
After Ted's departure to California, Johnny has decided to re-vamp the tattoo studio as his own. Studio 119 has become the epicenter for Johnny's creativity. focusing on black & Grey realism, portraits and mixed media art. Here you will find every inspiring factor in Johnny's art career. Pastel portrait paintings from his debut art exhibition "Redemption series", his published book of drawings "Circle the Wagons" from the Buffalo Bills season and much more.
As a mixed media artist and business owner, I am consistently inspired on a multitude of different levels. From Warhol and Watts to Hawkins and Hurtado. Divulging in pop culture art, the fine art of tattooing and a deep search into one’s self directs me to the realm of realism focal points. Ranging from black and grey to pastel palettes, I use all my areas of study interactively with each other in one way or another. I find myself most in the present when I have a brush, pencil or tattoo machine in my hand and enjoy sharing my story along the way and in each piece. My work combines the cross study of my desired fields along with the continual perspective to learn and grow. It is my goal to create fine art both on the body and canvas that is in the perspective as me as an artist.