A&E Network takes tattoo television on a road trip through the cross-country travels of master tattoo artist Thomas Pendelton on Tattoo Highway. The 13-episode, half-hour series will premieres Wednesday, May 27 at 10PM ET/PT on A&E.
Pendelton and his business partner and wife Monica have transformed a 1970s tour bus into a tattoo parlor on wheels, featuring a swanky interior and top-of-the-line tattooing equipment. Its a tattoo shop that can tattoo anyone, anywhere.
From the creation of the art, to the environment that I tattooed in, it has always been about my customers experience, says Pendelton. In a street shop it was easy to forget just how personal that experience should be. Rolling up and parking the shop right in the middle of someone’s life, well, there is nothing more personal than that.
15-year tattoo veteran and star of former A&E hit Inked, Pendelton and his new business Ministry of Ink hit the road in this new series to transform personal stories into living art. To create a touching memorial tattoo that brings him to tears, Pendelton mixes the cremated ashes of a deceased wife into the ink for a portrait on her husbands chest. For another job, he uses UV ink for a tattoo only visible with a black light, for one mans constant reminder of his mother. From a pair of matching eggplants, to a giant gorilla riding a scooter and an emblem of Apache stars on the forehead of an elderly woman, Pendelton and his team encounter unusual and inspiring stories from Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Salt Lake City and beyond.
Ride along as emotional limits and friendships are challenged and the persistent mechanical problems of a vintage bus are tested on the road, as Tattoo Highway proves to be one bumpy ride.
Tattoo Highway is produced for A&E Networks by Juma Entertainment, LLC. Bob Horowitz and Lewis Fenton are executive producers for Juma Entertainment, LLC. A&E executive producers are Robert Sharenow and Neil A. Cohen.