A story spanning more than two decades gave rise to Nostalgia Tattoo Co., as owner and primary artist Mr. Scary moved from an education in graphic art to the world of body art. With no industry experience, Mr. Scary set forth on the road to inking skin, meeting his mentor, Uncle Bud Yates, along the way. Uncle Bud—a lauded artist and former president of the National Tattoo Association—proved a formative influence on Mr. Scary’s life and career, helping him land his work on the covers of three separate magazines all in one month. Though Uncle Bud was killed in a motorcycle accident in 2006, Mr. Scary proudly continues his mentor’s traditions, first at Uncle Bud’s studio and then at Nostalgia Tattoo Co., which Mr. Scary opened in 2011. Today, he and his fellow artists imprint skin with iconic tattoos that hearken back to the days when sailors ruled the contiguous 48, as well as with modern, color-saturated designs. In addition to fleshing out his portfolio each day at his shop, Mr. Scary lends his skills to the Ink-Eeze pro team and enjoys sponsorship from Fusion Ink and Borg Tattoo Machines.