Arcanum Studio LA

Arcanum Studio LA

1 employee
21 years in business

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Award-Winning Artist & New York Native: Vincent Castiglia

Vincent currently works on black and grey tattoo projects of varying themes, with a general concentration in realism.

He is the 1st American artist to receive a solo exhibition invitation from Oscar Award-winning artist H.R. Giger in the history of the H. R. Giger Museum Gallery. The exquisite museum, located in the Château St. Germain (Gruyeres, Switzerland), furnished a cordial reception for Castiglia’s inaugural body of work, Remedy for the Living. Remedy for the Living, the 1st solo exhibition of paintings by Vincent Castiglia opened on November 1st 2008 and ran for 6 months, closing in April of 2009.

2010 marked the Film and Music debut for Castiglia’s art. MTV New Media’s forthcoming Horror-Slasher Film, “Savage County”, features as it’s official movie poster a painting by Vincent Castiglia, depicting the three murderers in the film. The film, directed by David Harris, also features producers David Gale (Varsity Blues) and Craig Brewer (Hustle and Flow). Leading the cast is Mimi Michaels (Boogeyman 3). Savage County is described as a tribute to The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Earlier in the year, Castiglia painted album art for Triptykon’s 2010 debut release, “Eparistera Daimones”. The group is founded by former Hellhammer / Celtic Frost singer and guitarist Tom Gabriel Fischer. The album’s art is an amalgamation of works by HR Giger (cover art), Vincent Castiglia (interior art), and Triptykon on “Eparistera Daimones”, which conceptually is understood to form a creative triptych in itself.

His work hangs in many distinguished international collections; one of his most celebrated works of 2006, “Gravity” was recently acquired by Rock legend Gregg Allman.

Vincent’s paintings have been exhibited at museums and galleries in the US, Switzerland and England, including The HR Giger Museum Gallery (Switzerland), CoproGallery (Santa Monica, California), Last Rites Gallery (New York), The Museum of Sex (New York), The Museum Of Porn In Art (Switzerland), The Mall Gallery (London, England) Canvas Los Angeles (Los Angeles California), Fuse Gallery (New York), Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center (Ft. Myers, Florida), Art @ Large Gallery (New York), Gallery Lombardi (Austin Texas), L’imagerie Gallery (Hollywood, California), Museo De La Cuidad De Mexico, (Mexico), C-Pop Gallery (Detroit, Michigan), Shooting Gallery (San Francisco, CA), Seed Gallery (Newark, New Jersey) and The 7th Annual Dirty Show (Detroit, Michigan), The Congregation Gallery (Hollywood, California), . It was in a group show at the Ludlow Gallery in NYC that Castiglia’s work received its first violent compliment, having the art stolen right from gallery wall.

Vincent’s work has been featured on New York 1 News, Spike TV, "The Discovery Channel, Fox News, NBC News, MSNBC News, BBC News, The History Channel, HR GIger's offical documnetary, "Dark Star", as well as the television series, “Miami Ink”. His work has been explored by countless art, culture, and media publications, in the US and internationally, including the New York Post, New York Daily News, as well as, Lexikon Der Phantastischen Künstler “The international encyclopedia of fantastic, surrealistic, symbolist, & visionary artists”.

Vincent currently lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. 

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What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

The customer will submit an email through the contact page on, including any reference images for the design, along with a description of the tattoo, body placement, size (preferbly in inches, height and width), and you'll receive a response ASAP for booking. 

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

2000-2003 - Fashion Institue of Technology, New York, NY / General Illustration (painting, drawing, sculpture, magazine and book illustration, digital design including Photoshop, Quark, Illustrator).

Do you have a standard pricing system for your services? If so, please share the details here.

Studio rate: $200/hr

Convention rate: $250

How did you get started in this business?

I closely studied the work and process of New York City tattoo artist and informal tattoo mentor, Mike Perfetto (circa 1970's through today), through which by his informal mentorship I'd started tattooing in 2000. I've completed countless seminars at conventions domestically and internationally including but not limtied to seminars with, Bob Tyrell, Guy Aitchison, Lyle Tuttle, among many others (with a focus in black and grey realism, design composition and conceptualization). I have been licensed and practicing for the last 20 years in NYC, LA, Canada, Swizerland, and Germany.

What types of customers have you worked with?

Fireman, Cops, Laborers, "Rock Stars", Father's, their children, Mother's, their children, many in the Metal Music community, 'gangsters', Roman Cathlic preists, scoundrels and some I'd consider saints. I've tattooed the whole gamut.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I was recently invited to 3 international tattoo conventions for next year by 3 separate organizers, complimentarily, to tattoo at their convetions in Lichtenstein, Switzerland, and Columbia, and will be tattooing for 1 month in each location. So I'm currently booked from March through May of 2020, but have availbilty before and after this. 

What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a pro in your area of expertise?

Look at their portfolios and makes sure they do the type of work you're looking for. Book a consultation, meet with the artist, and allow them to demonstrate their proficiency in this area by discussing the proejct with them in detail, to the effect that you're confident they can execute what it is you're looking for.

What questions should customers think through before talking to pros about their needs?

Does the design accurately represent you?

Do you know what type of style you're committed to wearing?

Are you committed to quality over cost?

These may be the 3 most important questions to contemplate before having ink put permanantly in your skin. The 3rd may be most important, because 10 out of 10 cheap tattoos "aren't good". Good artists work tirelessly, breaking their backs and limits to produce some of the best work possible on skin. "Scratchers" (who undersell custom artist's established rates) destroy 10 out of 10 pieces. It's a choice, choose wisely.

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