David Roque – Artist Spotlight Mantra Tattoo

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David Roque Skull and Roses chestpiece Mantra Tattoo

Our next artist spotlight will be on David Roque. A talented powerhouse of a tattooer. He’s our most recent addition to the Mantra family and we’re pumped to have him join the family.

David has been tattooing for 22 years. He got started from humble beginnings and in 1998, after hanging out, making art and forming a relationship with a shop in Aurora, he started working with them as a tattooer. His skills are very well rounded. He is comfortable in Japanese, Neo-Traditional, Illustrative and Black and Gray tattoo styles.

David Roque Lady Mantra Tattoo

David Roque Lady Mantra Tattoo

We did a little Q&A together. Let’s check it out!
Q: How would you describe his style of tattooing?
A: “I really don’t feel as if I have a style but I’m working diligently to change that. There are times I go through spells of heavily influenced Neotraditional and other days I feel a little more Illustrative. I’m really trying to balance that out and meet somewhere in the middle. I’m experimenting more with dramatic camera angles and exaggerated anatomy. I’m really focused on developing a style the sets me apart from the next person. My major influences come from folklore, baroque style painting, the occult and fantasy illustration.’
Q: Any dream projects you’re looking to do in the future?
A: “Anything that gives me full creative license, no boundaries and had elements that are congruent with a main subject. Mostly I love mythology based ideas because they’re often open to interpretation and give me the ability to create a unique idea from imagination that allows me to tell a visual tale. That’s how I do my best work.”


David Roque Lady Mantra Tattoo

Q: Any future goals on the horizon?
A: My goal is always to create word class tattoos.  I want to be as enthusiastic about my clients tattoos as much as they are about having it done and wearing it.

David Roque Skull Mantra Tattoo

David Roque Lady Mantra Tattoo
















If you would like to book an appointment with him, go to his website at www.davidroqueart.com/ 

At Mantra Tattoo, we have a team of amazing tattoo artists that can help you get the design to suit your personality and individuality. Check their tattoo portfolio to get inspired. You can also come down to the shop to speak with one of our artists and get your new tattoo started today! The shop is open every day and we welcome walk-ins.

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