Matt Hodel has 20 years of tattooing experience. Graduating into the industry in the 90’s, his roots of tattooing come from a time when a client’s vague description was what an artist had to rely on for imagery. Using this as his foundation in tattooing, Matt has honed this skill to help clients tell their stories in a visual language. Working with a client to pull out a narrative is what has helped Matt build a strong following in his field.

Taking to the road pre-internet, Matt traveled to Japan, Brazil, Europe, and most of the States to seek out Tattoo Artists working at the top of their game. The knowledge collected from these journeys has been crucial to his craft.

Matt currently owns Ragtime Tattoo in St. Louis, Missouri. An Appointment only shop, Ragtime relies on the old ways of marketing; word of mouth and strong referrals.

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Director: Jeff Rifkin
DP/Editor: Jon Michael Ryan
Sound: David Kerins
AC/Aerial: Joey Jetton
Music: “Rain Plans” by Israel Nash (used with permission).