Doing artwork and music most all his life, Erik started his tattooing career in April 1993 by taking a tattoo apprenticeship at Tattoo Charlie’s in Louisville Kentucky by the late local legend Charlie “Tattoo Charlie” Wheeler.
Erik remained there for 7 years, tattooing everything that walked through the door, learning and perfecting his skills as a professional tattooist, and building his name and reputation.
In early 2000, time for a change was in the air and it was then that Erik had decided to relocate to a studio called Asgard Ink in New Albany Indiana, working for a former Charlie’s co-worker, Donald Purvis. Asgard gave Erik the chance to really break off into avenues of art he had only once heard of. Experimenting with different styles of tattooing with absolutely no limitations or boundaries was what started developing Erik’s style and techniques. Working just a few days a week, Erik started keeping steady appointments at Asgard, still building a loyal clientele. By the time he left Asgard in 2006, Erik was staying steadily booked up for weeks in advance.
Also while at Asgard, Erik was re-introduced to yet another passion in his life…Haunted Attractions! He worked a local haunt doing some art at first, and then finally evolved into redesigning and operating the attraction.
In 2006, Erik partnered up with friend Jamie Thomas to build their own tattoo/oddity shop in Louisville. But this would be no ordinary tattoo shop, like nothing you had ever seen before!
This studio, properly named “The Vault of Horror” was built and designed as an indoor cave, with corpses and bodies protruding from the walls. The studio had a haunted maze leading into it, and round, solid white tattoo booths. It was an amazing amount of work to build and looked like something out of a movie, exploiting other extreme levels of artistic vision these two individuals had to offer. Erik Continued working mostly by appointment only.
In 2010, Erik’s younger brother, Nick, bought Jamie out and stepped into the business as a partner. It was then, after much discussion that the name was changed to Cryptic Ink. Cryptic Ink remained at that location until July 2012, when zoning issues forced the studios relocation to Dixie hwy.
On Halloween 2012, Cryptic Ink Tattoo Studio reopened its doors at the new Dixie hwy location. Designed and built by the Angelini’s, this location offers entertainment and a high tech facility to its clients to compliment the award winning artwork. Erik works at least 6 days a week at the studio and continues to work mostly by appointment, although on the occasion he’s known to do a walk-in or two.
Erik has stayed busy working on many other projects including: book and screen-writing, writing and recording music, sign painting and pin striping, airbrushing, graffiti, graphic art, art shows, and haunted attractions to name a few.
Since his early teens, Frank has loved tattoos, loved getting them, and always wanted to do them.
Being a collector of the art for many years before-hand, he eventually became a customer of Erik Angelini’s at “The Vault of Horror” in Louisville Kentucky. Getting tattooed frequently, and then working for Erik at a local haunt in 2008, Frank was given the opportunity to take an apprenticeship from Erik.
Frank finished his apprenticeship in 2011, and immediately went to work with Erik at the studio.
Frank enjoys all types of tattooing, from Fine-Line to Tribal, and especially likes working with color.