Rafael Barragan (AKA Rafa or Ralph) is a self-taught artist and is among a new breed of tattooers, attempting to blend all facets of art into the world of tattoo.
The first 2-years of Rafa’s professional tattooing career saw him operating out of his home, and later hitting the road with his mobile tattoo studio to meet the needs of tattoo collectors around California itching to get an original piece. He pulls inspiration for his tattoo work from all styles whether it be portraits, old school tattoos, new school tattoos, graffiti style, or fine art tattoos. Rafa and his good friend Coyote got their start at Fullerton’s Rat A Tatt Tatt before opening Illuminati Tattoo Lounge in 2012. Specializing in black and grey, portraits, realistic, Japanese, traditional, neo-traditional, graffiti, and fine line tattoo for the discriminating tattoo collector!


He excels in many other styles including American Traditional Tattoos, Advanced Cover-Ups, and Large Custom Tattooing in both Black & Gray and Color.
Rafa has a way of making every piece personal, designed with that particular client in mind. Steve attended The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, where he received a Bachelor of Science Industrial Design degree.
He has been tattooing full-time for over 10 years, after putting aside his career in Product Design to follow his true passion. Each and every design is approached in a similar manner; he does so by merging the fundamentals of art that have withstood the test of time, and when applied to tattooing, the end result is a cohesive piece that is a true work of art.


If you are looking for a portrait tattoo artist in Central Pennsylvania, Steve Skelly is someone the discerning collector should highly consider. His resume includes World Famous Bullseye Tattoo Shop in Staten Island, NY where he is still a guest artist.



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