It’s safe to say that Scott Campbell is the most famous tattoo artist on the face of the earth. How does a tattoo artist become so well-known, you ask? First off, they have to be extremely talented, which Campbell is, but it also helps if your clients are some of the biggest names in fashion and film. Campbell is the go-to guy for heavyweights like Kanye West, Robert Downey Jr., the late Heath Ledger, Olivier Zham, and his most devoted client, Marc Jacobs, with whom Campbell collaborated to create this memorable New York magazine cover featuring his wife, actress Lake Bell.
But Campbell doesn’t limit his talents to human skin. His latest project is SAVED Wines (his tattoo shop in Brooklyn is also called Saved), a collaboration with Central Coast winemaker Clay Brock, who created a rose and a red that’s ” just better than all the others,” according to Campbell. The artist, of course, handled the label-making duties, creating patterns that evoke pagan rituals and superstitions. We asked him about this boozy endeavor of his, along with a few other things to better get to know the man behind the needle.
What is the most disturbing sound you’ve ever heard?
“Woop woop” (That’s the sound of the police).
What famous person dead or living do you most wish you could have as a roommate?
What would your death row meal be?
Heroin and onion rings.
What is your favorite driving music?
How do you wind down before bed?
I watch videos of puppies and chubby kids on Youtube.
When are you most relaxed?
When I’m running.
What’s the greatest town in America?
New York City.
See any good movies this week?
In a World...
What kind of guy were you in high school?
I was the kind of guy you didn’t notice.
Can you tell me a quality about yourself that you are genuinely proud of?
I work hard.
What’s the best tattoo you’ve ever seen in your life?
“MOM” written in a banner, wrapped around a heart.
Do you have any actual phobias?
I’m not great with heights.
What most bothers you about life in Los Angeles?
I don’t want to speak ill of Los Angeles, just in case Los Angeles reads this.
How do you hope to grow as a creative person?
Old and rich.
Are there any current trends that you’re not a fan of?
If there was a phrase that you think best sums up your approach to life, what might it be?
Which New York neighborhood do you most associate with?
Where did the idea for SAVED come from?
SAVED is a place where some associates and me set up shop in order to figure out how to put food on our tables without having to get jobs.
What makes SAVED different from other wine brands?
They say wines are like snowflakes and fingerprints. Each one is composed of infinite subtleties which makes each special and unique in their own way but SAVED Wines is different because it’s just better than all the others.
How did you discover your love of wine?
My co-conspirator Clay Brock, the winemaker for SAVED, taught me everything I know. I never thought I’d want to make a wine but then I met Clay Brock and he’s one of those people that is so passionate about what they do that you want to be a part of it. I drew the labels, he made the wine and SAVED Wines was born.
All photos courtesy of SAVED Wines.