The Artist Bringing Spirituality to His Tattoos

Robert Ryan talks about how tattooing can bring about emotional and mental healing.

Robert Ryan was 17-years-old when he was first introduced to Hare Krishna on a New Jersey boardwalk. It was a moment that not only sent him on a spiritual journey around the world, but inspired his unique tattooing career. Now he has become one of the most accomplished artists in his field, and people flock to his studio for his bold tattoos that often incorporate religious imagery.

This week on VICELAND's TATTOO AGE, Ryan talks about his style—infusing Eastern spirituality with an American traditional aesthetic—and why tattoos, like religion, can bring about emotional and mental healing.

TATTOO AGE airs Wednesdays at 10:30 PM on VICELAND. Find out how to tune in here.

Sign up for our newsletter to get the best of VICE delivered to your inbox daily.