‘While You Were Sleeping’: Tattoo artist caters to those in need of ink, even overnight

Jason Lozano often spends 12-14 hours per day on his craft

'While You Were Sleeping': Tattoo artist caters to those in need of ink, even overnight

SAN ANTONIO – Minutes before midnight on a recent Wednesday night, things along Pleasanton Road were mostly quiet with the exception of a few passing cars.

Inside a nearby storefront, though, the sound of heavy metal music competed with the buzz from Jason Lozano’s tiny metal tattoo needle.

“This stuff is permanent,” he said as he inked away on a customer’s calf. “I get to give people gifts that last a lifetime.”

Lozano has given so many “gifts” like this—tattoos-- during his history as a tattoo artist that he no longer is able to count them all.

For Anne-Marie Ratcliff, the cluster of Anime characters taking shape on her lower leg represents the second major tattoo project that Lozano is completing for her.

“Everything on this arm piece has something to do with my parents. My mother passed away last January,” she said, referring to a colorful conglomeration of images extending from her shoulder to her bicep.

Lozano puts in long hours each day at Con Safos tattoo parlor.

Many times, those days extend into late into the night and beyond. He said he often works until 2 a.m.

“It's a labor of love for me. I pull, on average, 12 to 14 hour days here,” he said. “I tend to stay here a lot of time just because the pieces I do, I like to take my time with. I'm not a rushing kind of guy.”

Inking wasn’t always in his blood, though.

At one point, Lozano said, he wanted to be a comic book cartoonist.

“Honestly, I never wanted to be a tattoo artist,” he said. “I come from a family of musicians and bikers and all that stuff.”

After a stint as a musician, himself, Lozano ended up using his natural artistic skills as a professional body painter.

A friend who later opened a tattoo shop convinced him to try his hand at that.

Lozano is marking his third year at Con Safos, his fifth as a licensed tattoo artist.

While his work often has him behind the needle well into the overnight hours, Lozano said it’s unusual for him to start on a project late at night.

About the Authors:

Katrina Webber joined KSAT 12 in December 2009. She reports for Good Morning San Antonio. Katrina was born and raised in Queens, NY, but after living in Gulf Coast states for the past decade, she feels right at home in Texas. It's not unusual to find her singing karaoke or leading a song with her church choir when she's not on-air.

Tim has been a photojournalist and video editor at KSAT since 1998. He came to San Antonio from Lubbock, where he worked in TV and earned his bachelor's degree in Electronic Media and Communication from Texas Tech University. Tim has won a handful of awards and has earned a master's in Strategic Communication and Innovation from Tech as well.