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Hi, I’m Matt Howse, based in San Diego and Palm Springs/High Desert in Southern California. 

Originally from Australia, my family settled into the San Francisco area shortly thereafter. I pretty much started drawing as soon as I was physically able to, with sharks becoming a focus fairly early on (thanks to Jaws coming out in 1975, I was FOREVER changed)! I was always attracted to, and really obsessed with tattoos, and would spend 10 years after my time in the Army trying to find a way into this magical world. That chance finally came in 2001, and I haven’t looked back. After tattooing for nearly 20 years in the San Francisco Bay, and having spent the last 13 working at Idle Hand, Seventh Son, and Spider Murphy’s, my wife and I moved to San Diego in 2019, where I now work at Full Circle Tattoo.  Most recently, my wife and I bought property in Yucca Valley in 2023, and I now split my time between San Diego at Full Circle, and Iron Palm in Palm Springs, taking regular appointments in both locations.


My work these days -while it’s very much rooted and influenced in American Traditional and Japanese tattooing, it's evolved to a mashup that's influenced by my music taste, spaghetti westerns, horror and mad science, UFO's, monsters ....and especially the sharks! Always the sharks! Until the day I can't any more, I'll continue to push this "thing" I'm trying to capture; this vibe in this shimmery world I have in my head. . I'm more obsessed and have more love for it every day, and I always hope my work reflects that!

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From my studio I create artwork that stems from the unconscious to the conscious. Inspired by classic American tattoo flash, my time in the military, horror flicks, dream state, the macabre, my music taste, all of the things that shape my style and what I love.






Full Circle Tattoo - South Park Location

2312 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104

Tel: ‭+1 (619) 226-6575

Iron Palm Tattoo

1800 N Vía Negocio, Palm Springs, CA 92262

Tel:+1 (760) 898-7292




Full Circle: Sunday - Tuesday: 10am - 6pm

Iron Palm: Thursday 12pm-7pm

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