Today we’d like to introduce you to Matt Kerley.
Hi Matt, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
I started tattooing in Greenville, NC while I was attending the School of the Art at ECU. I have a double BFA in sculpture and painting. I graduated in 2005 and have been tattooing ever since. I traveled a lot during that time tattooing all over the country and overseas. I recently relocated three years ago back to Raleigh, NC. A year ago, Dean Caves and I opened Old Ghosts Tattoo in downtown Raleigh. 416 W South St I also run and operate a clothing company called Death Mask. Selling everything from t-shirts, prints, and patches to coffee mugs, resin sculptures, and original art
Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It’s been a bunch of ups and downs as is any business I suppose. Traveling and tattooing for four years was difficult but very rewarding at the same time. I enjoyed my time on the road but am also enjoying staying at my home shop in Raleigh and being a part of the local art community.
Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I’m mainly a tattooer. I own/operate Old Ghosts Tattoo in Raleigh, NC. But im also a professional freelance illustrator. Making album covers, shirt designs, and other logos for companies all over the world. On top of all that work I run and operate Death Mask. Which is a soft goods company selling shirts, prints, socks, bandanas, etc. which showcases my original art. My work sets me apart from the rest purely based on the imagery itself. I tattoo and illustrate a darker more surreal image.
I’m most proud of the body of work I have put out. Most of my clients fly in from all over the country to collect a tattoo from me. I proudly welcome them to the Raleigh/Durham area
How do you think about happiness?
A solid day of work at Old Ghosts Tattoo or in my private studio. Nothing more rewarding than self-made progress.
- Email: KerleyOnTheRoad@gmail.com
- Website: MattKerley.bigcartel.com
- Instagram: @Mattitude
- Other: @oldghoststattoo_nc