About Zulu


Tattoo artist Zulu

Zulu was raised on Siesta Key Island, Florida. As a child he had already begun to develop as an artist and musician. When Zulu was 9, a young friend of his from Africa asked him to participate in a “rite of passage ceremony” that celebrated his friend becoming a man of the tribe. This experience sparked an intense curiosity about his own African roots and would inspire a career in helping others find a connection to their heritage.

Zulu enjoyed a career as a successful commercial designer, graphic artist, and studio musician, but this work did little to fulfill his spiritual side. He yearned for something more meaningful; a way to touch others and change lives. Zulu Tattoo is now a place where tolerance and creativity thrive, with a staff and clientele that range widely in ethnicity, religious affiliation, gender, and other registers of identity.

Today Zulu continues helping others navigate their own personal journey to find their perfect sacred mark. It is his philosophy about the craft and his exceptionally skilled hand that has attracted a loyal following of people serious about their body art, including an extensive celebrity clientele; including Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey, Queen Latifah, Christina Aguilera, Alanis Morissette, and Rosie O’Donnell to name just a few.

To view Zulu’s work and learn more about his shop, visit zulutattoo.com


Zulu News

Broderick Fox Interviewed on Queer 2 the T

Queer 2 The T

Thanks to Tee S. Hawkins and Kenya Gales over at Queer 2 the T, PR Radio’s top-ranking show, for a great interview about The Skin I’m In. Tee’s great questions led to an in-depth conversation about body, identity, spirituality, and intergenerational perspectives in the digital-age LGBTQ  community. We also talk in depth about the amazing work of featured artists and collaborators Rande Cook and Zulu, and I share new information about my next film project Zen & the Art of Dying and its queer central character, the pioneering Zenith Virago.

Listen to the full interview.



Zulu Featured in “L.A. Skin & Ink” at the Craft & Folk Art Museum

Goddess of FIre Tattoo, Courtesy of Zulu Tattoo 2008

Goddess of FIre Tattoo, Courtesy of Zulu Tattoo 2008


THE SKIN I’M IN’s featured tattoo artist Zulu is one of the central artists included in L.A. Skin & Ink a new exhibition at the Los Angeles Craft & Folk Art Museum running through January 6, 2013. The exhibition traces a core group of artists and their exploration and reinterpretation of global tattooing traditions, along with an important thread of artisanal mentorship. Read the full  press release here


Tattoo artist Zulu Featured in LA Times as first African American president of NoHo Freemason Lodge


( Richard Hartog / Los Angeles Times )


Zulu, the amazing tattoo artist featured in THE SKIN I’M IN is a Freemason, breaking down perceptions about the Masons and their membership.

“Zulu became curious about Freemasonry after tattooing Masonic symbology on several clients. He joined five years ago at age 39 and now serves as webmaster and senior warden of North Hollywood Lodge No. 542. He has also gone on to become both a Scottish Rite Mason and Shriner (Masonic membership is a prerequisite for both), and next year he will become the leader of his lodge. ‘I’ll be the first black worshipful master in the lodge’s history,’ he said, using the proper term of respect.”

Read more at: http://www.latimes.com/features/image/la-ig-masons18-2008may18,0,42602.story