FRANK TRAN / Owner/ Artist / Piercer
Owner/ Artist/ Piercer
Frank Tran got his start in body art in 2002 while attending a Fakir Musafar Body Piercing Intensive Workshop in San Francisco. He later apprenticed at Body Exotic (SanJose). In 2004, he opened Munk Piercing inside Guru Tattoo (San Jose). It was at Guru Tattoo where he met his mentor An Tran who offered him a tattoo apprenticeship. He continued to work and manage Tattoo-U (Fremont) and at Fura Bodyworks (Castro Valley) before moving to SoCal. In 2006, he was offered a position at a local tattoo shop in Fountain Valley where he worked and help manage for close to 3 years. In 2009, with the support of clients, friends, and family he opened Eighth Element Tattoo with Bandit Khoul. In 2012, Frank became the sole owner.
DAVE EDWARDS / Artist
Started his professional tattoo career here at Eighth Element Tattoo in 2013 while attending art classes at Goldenwest College.
ANDREW NORIEGA / Artist
Started his tattoo career as an apprentice at Platinum Ink (Tustin) in 2014. He joined Eighth Element Tattoo in 2016.
MATT GALVAN / Artist
Matt Galvan started his tattoo career as an apprentice at OC Tattoo in 2012. After 3 years, he moved on to other reputable tattoo shops in Orange County before arriving at Eighth Element Tattoo in 2016.
HALI SNYDER / Piercing Apprentice
Hali Snyder began her piercing apprenticeship in 2016.