As a teenager in the 90’s Owen developed a special interest in tattoos and began designing and redesigning the tattoos he imagined he’d eventually get covered in. It wasn’t until age 17 though that he’d get his first. It was performed on a kitchen table by a friend’s cousin. The tattoo could have been better, could have been worse, but from then on Owen was completely infatuated with tattooing. He got some equipment and began tattooing his own body, and those of willing friends and family who would give up there own for the cause. He had decent success for an 18 year old scratcher, but being somewhat of a perfectionist, and feeling intimidated by the huge responsibility of marking bodies for life, he put down his machines and focused on higher education.
After earning a certification in computer animation in 2003, Owen went on to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of New Mexico in 2006. It wasn’t until a dear friend asked Owen to tattoo him in 2009 that he became completely overwhelmed and obsessed with tattooing again. After that tattoo there was no turning back. Working out of his house, he began building and tuning tattoo machines and scraping together whatever knowledge he could to improve his understanding. Eventually it became clear to Owen that if he were to become a professional he would have to seek guidance and make connections in the tattoo world. Pursuing that intention he got more than what he bargained for, gaining a great friend AND a great teacher.
In 2012 Owen met Guido Baldini. Guido and Owen became fast friends, becoming mentor and apprentice respectively. Because of Owen’s previous practice in tattooing he hit the ground running… Making tattoo needles, performing shop duties AND tattooing under Guido’s mentorship and guidance. In April 2013 Guido decided it was time to open Lost Cowboy Tattoo. Guido and Owen work well together, and because of Guido’s high standard and worldly knowledge of tattooing he pushed Owen to progress quickly.
By pursuing the fine arts, instead of immediately jumping into the tattoo world, Owen was able to cultivate artistic skill that has proven invaluable in modern tattooing. So many styles and possibilities are circulating in tattooing it is important to have artistic skill AND tattoo experience. Tattooing is increasingly technical and the quality standard is very high. Owen executes and very much enjoys the cornerstone styles of tattooing i.e. Japanese, American/British traditional, Tribal, while at the same time tackling realism and illustrative styles of tattooing. He is willing to discuss any style that invariably comes up from the unique collaboration between himself and the client. He is very receptive to input from the client but relies on his 8 years of tattooing experience to steer the client in the best direction for the best results.