Legendary Tattoo Artist, Mark Mahoney — one of the most fashionable men in Los Angeles — talks exclusively with me about clothes, cars, shopping and his first acting gig.
Mark Mahoney, principal tattoo artist and proprietor of the world famous Shamrock Social Club on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood, has tattooed some of the biggest names in entertainment. The long list of those who permanently wear his artwork include Johnny Depp, David Beckham, Angelina Jolie, Lady Gaga and Rihanna. Johnny Depp describes Mahoney as, “without question the genuine article… the real deal.” In fact, when asked, it’s very hard to describe Mark Mahoney.
Mahoney is perpetually stylish and perfectly groomed. His knowledge of fashion and designers could put any costume designer or stylist to the test. Mahoney’s wardrobe mainly consists of 1960s silhouettes, but I would never put the Mad Men label on him — he’s something else — a hybrid of punk, rockabilly and Vegas or Rome in the 60s. But he’s intrinsically unique–an original, if you will. And he is meticulous when it comes to dressing for work.
I did a little experiment and showed up/sent spies with cameras (thank you Dianna Agron and Christopher Backus) to Shamrock a handful of times just to test my theory; and every single time (as you can see in the photos above) he was immaculately put together.
I have had the pleasure (and pain) of being tattooed by Mark Mahoney a few times. Each time our conversations travel from fashion to music to cars to life stories (he actually gives very sage advice and is a good listener). I asked him if he would do a proper interview with me so I could capture a little bit of that magic and bring it to you. He was kind enough to talk with me about fashion, shopping, art, his first acting gig and his many side projects. It’s a shame you can’t hear this interview, because Mahoney’s soft, gravely, part Boston-part Godfather accented voice really completes the package. I’ve hyperlinked to a few videos featuring Mahoney throughout this interview, so maybe that will help enhance your experience.