King of Spades Tattoo

Posted July 16, 2009 in Feature Story

Tattooing is art in its most sacred form where ink meets a human canvas; such art that graces the body is not just simple pictures, but rather stories, experiences and, in some cases, the return of a person’s self-confidence and self-worth. It’s a lifestyle that amounts to a lifelong decision.


The artists at the King of Spades Tattoo shop in Upland understand these concepts and, simply put, love to tattoo. 


Paul Vantifflin, a 10-year veteran of the inking arts, is one of five practitioners at King of Spades and says that everyone at the shop has their own unique style and specialty. In a business like tattooing, reputation is of utmost importance, and the quality of work and the physical appearance of the shop both reflect this.


The shop is a clean, comfortable spot. The staff isn’t bigheaded or arrogant, just confident in their skills, and they pride themselves on making their patrons feel welcome.


“We all bring something different to the table,” Vantifflin says. “We all draw and paint on our free time. We don’t give attitude, and we know how to make people feel comfortable.”


The whole concept of getting a tattoo is a commitment. As someone once said, “Once that first line goes on there’s no turning back, ’cuz if you back out you’ll end up looking like a douche-bag with a random line on your body.”


And for those who believe that the body is a temple best left untouched, the previously quoted Hunter S. Thompson disagrees: “Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in one pretty and well preserved piece, but to skid across the line broadside, thoroughly used up, worn out, leaking oil, shouting GERONIMO!”


King of Spades Tattoo, 1410 E Foothill Blvd, Suite O, Upland, (909) 982-2786,


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