Oliver Peck, affectionately known as the “Master of Traditional Tattooing”, is an American tattoo artist who has established himself as one of the most interesting men in the tattoo industry. The tattoo artist is different from every Tom, Dick, and Harry out there who is able to draw a tattoo by being one of the few men on the planet who has a very high level of ability to stamp designs of any kind on people’s bodies.
Over the years, Peck has demonstrated exceptional skills in tattoo design and has become one of the most sought-after tattoo artists in the U.S. However, over the course of his career, he has faced several challenges, some of which threatened to ruin his reputation forever.
Oliver Peck Rise To Prominence
Oliver Peck’s career as a tattoo artist began very early in life. In fact, the Texan-born artist took up his life’s work at the age of 19. His passion for drawing tattoos became a blazing fire when he met an established tattoo artist named Richard Stell.
Peck eventually moved in with Stell when he began working at his Paradise Tattoo Salon in Dallas in the early 1990s. Over the next few years, the young man grew into a professional tattoo artist that many people in the world of tattoo art sort and talk about.
In June 2008 Oliver Peck made it into the Guinness Book of Records after he managed to create most tattoos in just 24 hours. Since then he has become co-owner of the Texas-based Elm Street Tattoo Shop. He has also opened another tattoo shop in Los Angeles called True Tattoo Shop.
With the enormous reputation he has built up over his career as a tattoo artist, Oliver Peck has had the opportunity to appear on various television shows about the art of tattooing. The first TV show he appeared on was the tattooed reality show Miami Ink. However, the one that made him very famous was Ink Master, a show featuring some of the best tattoo masters in the business, who captivate fans with their incredible skills.
Peck became a household name as he was a judge on the show alongside big names like Dave Navarro and Chris Nunez. He has also been described as the cornerstone of the entire Ink Master franchise as he added the necessary spice to the show to attract attention.
The Illness That Frightened Fans
In August 2017, Oliver Peck suffered from a serious health challenge that caused many people to panic at the time. His many fans were shocked when news broke that the tattoo artist had suffered a heart attack and was hospitalized.
According to reports, Peck did indeed need surgery after the heart attack. However, the real truth of what he made true is not known to the public. The tattoo artist decided to keep most of the details about his illness a secret. Although he talked about it briefly, he never revealed any serious information about what really happened to him.
Oliver Peck’s illness meant that he was absent during the shooting of some episodes of the Ink Master series. After his recovery, he finally returned to the series and was greeted with quite a bit of hullabaloo.
Oliver Peck’s Blackface Controversy that is Threatening to Ruin His Career
Oliver Peck’s reputation as one of the most respected tattoo artists in America was seriously attacked in January 2020, after some photos showing him painting his face to look like a black man, popularly called blackface, appeared online. The photos, which were taken from Peck’s old MySpace account, provoked great outrage among fans of the Ink Master TV show.
In one of these photos, he was seen dressed as a superhero, with a black face and a bright “N” on his chest. In another photo, Peck is wearing black full-body makeup while playing basketball with an Afro hairstyle.
Fans attacked the famous tattoo artist for this and insisted that the photos made fun of black people and that he was a racist who posed a danger to black people in America. Many people, including his production company, immediately joined his conviction and it was clear that he would be fired from the Ink Master Show.
Finally, on January 8, 2020, the news surfaced that Oliver Peck had been fired from the Ink Master TV show because of the controversy.