Carlos

Carlos

Bio

Carlos And Danielle own Primal Instinct Tattoo and are very proud to support an amazing team of artist and apprentices. They take great care in providing a safe and comfortable environment for all artist to thrive and do amazing tattoos.

Carlos Immigrated from Mexico at a very young age and grew up in Northern California. He always had a love of art and design but never thought he could make a career from his art. It wasn’t until his fellow Marines asked him to start tattooing them because of the drawings and sketches they saw hung in Carlos’s barracks room. Even though this was not the correct way of learning to tattoo, Carlos fell in love with the medium and decided to pursue a tattoo apprenticeship after his Military service was complete in 2007. That is also the year he would meet his future Wife, Partner and best friend Danielle. Carlos and Danielle Have been in Alaska since 2011.

Carlos handles a wide range of styles inspired by nature, Hispanic culture and military service. His preferred styles are black and grey, neo traditional compositions and geometric pattern tattoos. Carlos is very fortunate and appreciates his customers trust in designing their large custom tattoos.

Carlos can be reached at akironstattoo@gmail.com, Instagram @akironstattoo, or Facebook at Carlos Alberto Figueroa.

Tattoos

So Tyler @ytf.am.i.in.ak won last years customer of the year award, it's something I'm going to start doing on a yearly basis, based on who ever sat longest in my chair for the year.  Tyler and I have gotten to know each other very well and are we are equally a pain in the ass to one another, hahaha 🤣 literally! Thanks buddy for all the long days and Tacos.  Tyler wanted to redo his old back tattoos, but I told him if he let me cover them instead I would do anything he wanted.  Dinosaurs shooting lasers at UFOs it is!!! Hahaha came out really cool  #tattoo #tattoos #tattooed #inked #alaskatattoo #primalak #tattoosnob #primalinstincttattoo #tattooedguys #tattooedgirls #guyswithtattoos #girlswithtattoos #anchoragetattoos #alaskatattoos #alaskamade #wildernesstattoo #tattooartistmag #tattooartistmagazine #tattooistartmag #ufo #ufotattoo #dinosaur #dinosaurtattoo #trex #trextattoo
Every once in a while I do a tattoo I wish was on me, this is definitely one of those! @xjust_jamesx your a trooper homie!!! 
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Every once in a while I do a tattoo I wish was on me, this is definitely one of those! @xjust_jamesx your a trooper homie!!! 
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What an awsome piece on a super cool dude. Jeremi trusted in me and my visión for his tattoo. Some long sessions and good conversations where had during the making of this tattoo!

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Thank you Toni for always bringing me such killer ideas, it's always a blast to hang out and do awesome tattoos on you, we love you!!!! 💖  needles to say this is a very cool idea that Toni brought to me, I've always loved dabbling in all styles of tattooing and this tattoo brought it all together for me! 
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This was an absolute blast to do,  Please Please bring me more of this!!! I want to do more tattoos in this style!!! If you have ever considered doing something like this Please DM me! @akbobbijo was an absolute champion, finished it with a non stop 8 hour session!! 

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This was a really special tattoo that my friend PJ allowed me to do on him.  What made this special us that we arrived at the subject and design using divination via Medicine Cards.  I've long been skeptical of such things, but through personal experience I have come to approach such things with an open mind.  Danielle introduced me to Divination first through runes, then through Medicine Cards.  I have come to understand my relationship to Divination as a way of accessing ancient wisdom, I believe our subconscious has a connection to time and space that we  don't fully understand.  When we invite and ask for such wisdom to be bestowed upon us, a random act of pulling a card out if a deck based on ancient Native American wisdom, may seem completely inconsequential and random.  However the times Danielle and I have been at the crossroads of life changing decisions, we have consulted the Medicine Cards, and without fail I believe we have been given the wisdom and knowledge that we had asked for.  The messages always felt very personal and like I was being talked to directly concerning our very specific situations. Without fail I would walk away with a better understanding of my role in such situations and confidence in my ability to deal them.  I felt like I was able to draw strength, wisdom and enlightenment from my readings, and I felt a connection to something larger then myself. 
  Thats why I was excited to share this with friends that may be open to such things, and even more excited to use this as a tool to help friends figure out tattoo designs.  Tattoo designs that aren't simply decorations, but tattoos that serve a purpose, tattoos that can become totems on our bodies, reminders of our physical, spiritual and mental strength.  Reminders of who we are and the adversities we have overcome.  Tattoos that are our connection to ancient wisdom, and something larger then ourselves. If this is something you are interested in, please reach out.  I would love to make this a more common practice in my work, and because of the nature of these kinds of tattoos I would prefer to simply take a donation as opposed to charging my regular rate.
I finally made a trial run of canvas prints of my Buddha painting, shoot me a message if you are interested in one.  Can ship anywhere in the US. I hand signed them all, first edition 😀.
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This one was from 2019 and I never posted it.  Don't ask for a chain mail tattoo unless you are ready to sit for some long sessions lol!  @never__felt__better #tattoo #tattoos #tattooed #inked #alaskatattoo #primalak #tattoosnob #primalinstincttattoo #tattooedguys #tattooedgirls #guyswithtattoos #girlswithtattoos #anchoragetattoos #alaska #alaskamade #tattooartistmag #tattooartistmagazine #tattooistartmag #armor #armortattoo #chainmail #airborne #airborneinfantry #infantry #airbornetattoo #jumpwings
Brandon came to me with this unfinished, part cover up tattoo, I saw a lot of potential here, the cover was easy and although the northern lights where a little rough it polished up real nice!  #tattoo #tattoos #tattooed #inked #alaskatattoo #primalak #tattoosnob #primalinstincttattoo #tattooedguys #tattooedgirls #guyswithtattoos #girlswithtattoos #anchoragetattoo #alaskamade #wildernesstattoo #tattooartistmagazine #tattooistartmag  #auroraborealistattoo #northernlightstattoo #mountaintattoo #spacetattoo #coveruptattooing #coveruptattoo #treetattoo #treeline #treelinetattoo #tattoo #tattooed
Aurora sat like a champ for this awesome one session wolf! @ditzyfrien 
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Had a blast hanging with @smcmanus15,  and doing her rad nautical themed tattoo.
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