Michael Hovaguimian is the Best Tattooing Special Education Teacher – California News

Michael Hovaguimian is the Best Tattooing Special Education Teacher – California News

Monday, August 7, 2017 at 7:58 a.m.

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From teaching to tattooing.

Courtesy of Michael Hovaguimian

Michael Hovaguimian didn’t grow up around tattooers or in the tattoo scene in any way. For that matter, he never even got tattooed growing up. Even these days — after spending the last handful of years establishing himself as a respected tattoo artist and painter — you still won’t find hanging out at many tattoo shops. Instead, Hovaguimian lives a bit of a double life as a special education teacher during the day and a tattoo artist during nights, weekends, and summers.

But while many artists would tell you having two full careers is completely impossible, Hovaguimian’s teaching gig is the only reason he really got into tattooing in the first place.

“I was working at a high school in North Hollywood, and I was trying to encourage some of my students that I knew weren’t going to continue going to school to mop up at a shop or try to get an apprenticeship,” Hovaguimian says. “I would push them and push them, and then eventually they said ‘You keep telling us to do it. Why don’t you do it? You can draw and paint.’”

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Courtesy of Michael Hovaguimian

Never one to back down from a challenge, Hovaguimian took it upon himself to shift his artistic talents into the industry he’d been preaching to his pupils. But — like many fine artists before him — once the skilled painter began learning the ins and outs of tattooing, he realized it was the medium he was born to specialize in. Of course, Hovaguimian’s academic background means he also appreciates the history and…

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