Happy Trails Bobby Trefz!

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“Sometimes there’s a man.  I won’t say a hero, ‘cause what’s a hero?  Sometimes there’s a man, and I’m talkin’ about the dude here, sometimes there’s a man, well, he’s the man for his time and place.  He fits right in there, and that’s The Dude.” – The Stranger

Our lovable maniac, Bobby Trefz, is leaving after three fun and awe-inspiring art filled years with 12 oz. Studios.  For those who don’t know, Bobby and Alex Feliciano both got their start together at Body Art Tattoo in Stratford, NJ almost 20 years ago.  Bobby has entertained our artists and clients with his rendition of classic yacht rock jams along with choreographed dance routines.  He’s also been an incredible team member applying 20 years of experience to tattooing any style and helping guide our younger artists to perfect their craft.

Bobby will be joining the ranks of Art Machine Productions in Philadelphia, PA.  We wish Bobby nothing but the best and can’t wait to see him grow as an artist and watch his work evolve working next to Tim Pangburn and company.

Bobby’s last official day at 12 oz. Studios will be May 31st.  If you are looking to get tattooed by Bobby at 12 oz. he has openings on 5/26, 5/27, 5/28, 5/30 and 5/31.  Give us a call to schedule an appointment or stop by the Brooklawn shop (300 Crescent Blvd.).

Welcome Johnny Pagoda to 12 oz. Deptford

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South Jersey has a new artist in town and his name is Johnny Pagoda!  Johnny comes to us from Vermont, the home of maple syrup and Ben and Jerry’s ice cream!  Since getting his start in 2008, Johnny brings a unique style to tattooing spanning traditional, surreal neo-traditional, black and grey, and everything in between.  You can catch him Wednesday’s, Thursday’s and alternating Saturday’s.  Interested in getting tattooed by Johnny?  Stop by our Deptford shop (1135 Hurffville Rd.) or give us a call at 856-845-2222.  Welcome aboard Johnny!

2016 Phila. Tattoo Arts Convention Re-cap

The 2016 Philadelphia Tattoo Arts Convention was incredible!  We had a record 4 booths this year with eight out of ten 12 oz. tattooers working all weekend long and showing off the best tattoos that South Jersey has to offer.  In attendance were our very own Bobby Trefz, Rebecca La Norma, Meghan Patrick, Alex Feliciano, Tami Rose, Chris Curtis, Kevin Soto, and Jose Bolorin.  Not only were these talented folks tattooing their asses off, they also created and brought beautiful, one-of-a-kind pieces of art to exhibit and sell.  Alex even made a 12 oz. Studios “Crown and Arrows” lighted podium, which had an almost bat-signal quality that drew in convention goers to our booth.  The crew made friends with artists from across the globe and hopes to exchange guest spots with one another in the future.  Check out the photos below!

Please welcome Mike Sedges to our Brooklawn shop!

12 oz Studios is proud to welcome tattoo artist Mike Sedges to our Brooklawn, NJ shop!  Mike comes to us from Empire Tattoo Inc. located in Clementon, NJ.  He originally got his start working in the tattoo industry in 2001 and has been tattooing since 2005.  Mike currently works at our Brooklawn shop Sunday through Wednesday and Friday (Sunday’s are by appointment only).  We are very excited to have Mike working alongside our extraordinarily talented roster of tattoo artists at 12 oz.  To see examples of Mike’s work check out his page under ‘Artists at Brooklawn’ or click here.  Also, make sure you follow along with all of our social media accounts to see incredible work by Mike and all of the artists at 12 oz. Studios.  Welcome, Mike!

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Happy Birthday 12 oz. Studios!

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This month marks 12 oz Studios’ 11th year of business. Now, before we blow out the candles, we’d like to reflect on all our growth and success in those past 11 years.

In January 2005, we opened our doors for the first time. 12 oz started out with one studio, located in Brooklawn, NJ and only two employees – artistic geniuses Alex Feliciano and Meghan Patrick. In addition to tending to their customers on a daily basis, they also dedicated themselves to growing the business and branching out the 12 oz name. And here, 11 years later, we have grown into 2 locations in Brooklawn and Deptford, with 10 amazing artists and piercer, and even our own clothing line!

We are forever grateful to our staff, whom we prefer to call “family.” From our uniquely talented artists, to our skilled piercer, to our trusty manager, and our insanely hot front counter girls. You have all helped to make 12 oz Studios the success it is today.
And then there’s you……our wonderful, inspiring, awesome customers. We owe so much of our success to you. You continue to trust us to take your ideas and then turn them into permanent pieces of art that you display on your bodies with pride. And for that, we thank you and love you all.
So, as we reach our preteen years, we not only reflect on how we got here. We also look to the future. 2016 is going to be a big year for us! Be on the lookout for some rad things to come this year. And again, we thank you for your loyalty. If it weren’t for you, we wouldn’t the success we are today.

A Huge THANK YOU!

Today the fine folks at NJ.com​ announced the winner of New Jersey’s Best Tattoo Shop contest and unfortunately, it was not 12 oz. Studios.  Sure we’re a little bummed, but we can’t begin to thank all of YOU for your love, support and encouragement throughout this entire contest and beyond!  We truly love all of our clients!  You make tattooing and piercing way more fun and exciting than it already is!  It was a thrill to be a part of the top 5 and we are so grateful for your hard work in getting out the vote to everyone.  Congratulations to Rorschach Gallery in Edison, NJ for grabbing the number 1 spot!  We hope NJ.com holds another contest next year so we can go for the gold once again!

Check Out Our Write Up on NJ.com!

Check it out! Our feature on our Brooklawn shop is up on NJ.com!  Click here, give it a look and share it with your friends! Once again, thank you all so much for your love and support and helping us make it to the TOP 5!  We wouldn’t have made it without YOU!  We had a fun time hanging out with Bobby Olivier, even though he doesn’t like our exposed wall that we receive nothing but compliments on! ; ) Thank’s again everyone! Now, onward to NUMBER 1!!!

BIG news from 12 oz. Studios Brooklawn shop!

collageIT’S FINALLY HERE!!!  The moment we’ve all been waiting for.  Sunday, May 17th, we moved into our new Brooklawn shop (300 Crescent Blvd)!!!  The 12 oz. crew along with some of our amazing customers busted our butts and moved the entire shop in a few hours!  So, a HUGE thank you to everyone who answered the call when we needed it most!  Now begins the task of setting everything up and getting everything in working order.  The new Brooklawn shop will be closed Monday, May 18th, but starting Tuesday, May 19th, we will be open for business during normal operating hours.  If you are still looking to get tattooed on the 18th, you are in luck!  Our Deptford shop will be open from 2 – 9 pm.  Thanks again to everyone who helped us move and helped us permanently plant our roots in the great borough of Brooklawn, NJ!  Check back with us soon as we will share some photos of the new shop!

Hightlights from the 2015 Philadelphia Tattoo Convention

We had such a blast at this year’s Philadelphia Tattoo Convention presented by Villain Arts! The Philadelphia Convention is very special to all of us. It is our home-town convention in the city we love and we look forward to it every year. Check out some of the highlights below. Also, a big CONGRATULATIONS to 12 oz. Studios Tami Rose from our Brooklawn, NJ shop for taking home a trophy this year! 3rd place for small black and grey tattoo! Way to go Tami!