confessions of the hand

Meet Our Owner J.P. Decker


*Roberto Villeda-I met JP at the Fort Lauderdale Tattoo expo and I had this crazy idea of doing my whole arm, for many years I have been looking for artists to get something going and I believe it was just the right time at the right place. I sent a few images to JP and right away he knew what exactly I was looking for. We are on our third session and almost half way done. I drive 2 and half hours one way to get work done by him, that tells you the amount of confidence and how satisfying I am with the work he is getting done for me. 5 star

*Christine Killik-​I met J.P. at the Toronto tattoo convention and he is AMAZING at what he does. His attention to detail and artistic talent is by far the best I have seen. He goes out of his way to make sure your experience is memorable! I get compliments all the time on the work he has done! J.P. you rock!!!!!! Thank you for sharing your talents with the world! You are one of a kind!!!!-5 Star

*Katherine Day-JP is by far the best artist I've had tattoo me. He is not heavy handed and his artistic integrity is a quality I greatly appreciate. He added some new pieces and fixed an old one for me - I will absolutely only get my work done by him a true genius with ink.-5 star

​*Davian Cordero-JP is by far one of the best tattoo artist I have ever encountered. An artist by every definition his shop has nothing but great vibes. He has always been able to translate my ideas into true art, highly recommend him definitly worth any wait.-5 Star.

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         I started to try tattooing in 2004, while working at Red Lobster full time. On my days off I would drive up to the tattoo shop about once or twice a week and hang out, (because it was 56.2 miles away, but they gave me a chance) and tattoo people who were willing to help me learn. I would tattoo my friends at my house and their house. Eventually I started going to the shop about 3 days a week, but still on my days off or after work. Then I started to work mornings at Red Lobster and nights at the tattoo shop. 

         In 2009 about ten years ago, I started tattooing full time, but that was the beginning of the next part of my journey. I started tattooing in people's houses and motel rooms until I could find a spot to set up and be professional, as I do not enjoy tattooing in anyone's home (always need to be clean). Rather be in my studio, with all the right equipment and lighting. So i busted my butt and put in many hours of promoting and walking around passing out cards trying to spread the word of my art. Eventually it started paying off and people started getting tattooed more often. Thankfully I started to become booked up. I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to travel to many different places and tattoo. I have won many awards at different tattoo conventions around the United States as well as traveling internationally to Canada and to Australia.Been a incredible journey. 

        Since then I have tried my best for every person who has given me a chance to create a piece of art. I am grateful that I have had the opportunity to tattoo everyone of you! You have been a big part of my journey.

         Everyone who knows me knows my driving force is my family. When I am not at the studio I am home with them. I have 3 children 2 daughters and one son. I am grateful that after all these years I am finally able to have a more flexible schedule and to be able to be there for all the special moments in their lives. I coach all three of their basketball teams. Before work and school I volunteer to help with a running club at their elementary school as well as give students their reading tests before class starts. Keeps me busy but I wouldn't have it any other way. 

        Thank you for your years of trust and commitment! Since you all have came around and started wearing my tattoos proudly, it helps me to see how far I have come. Truly, it makes me happy to know that people look forward to having one of my tattoos. I am grateful and thankful, Hard work does pay off!