Jimmy Coffin Bio

Jimmy CoffinJimmy was born in Silver Spring, Maryland, 1972. He began drawing at age three, and had work showing in Seattle, Wa, and the Taj Mahal by the time he was eight. Jimmy's family relocated to California in 1983. Jimmy began tattooing in 1989, and after a brief stint in the navy resumed tattooing in 1992, for Fat Joe at Jade Dragon Tattoo in Chicago. At this time Jimmy began taking tattooing very seriously, and over the next several years he worked for many shops and artists all around the country, honing his craft.

In 2002 Jimmy took some time off due to a car accident while working for Shawn Warcot and Mike Trike at Empire Tattoo. He ended up on the Central Coast of California, tattooing occasionally while recuperating in physical therapy. By 2004 Jimmy was tattooing again full-time, working at a multitude of shops, including John Montgomery in Southern California, and other guest spots around the country and abroad; including Japan, Ireland, Scotland, and England.

In 2006 Jimmy worked at Miami Ink as part of their mercenary artists crew and started traveling and spending time in Japan, developing a deep connection with Japanese tattoo art. At this time Jimmy teamed up with Dan Dringenberg, with whom he created the first Coffin Tattoo machines in late 2006.

Copper Coffin Tattoo opened in 2007, where he does most of his work now when not traveling abroad. Copper Coffin Tattoo was awarded best shop in 2010, and also he was asked to help create safety guidelines for tattooing by Santa Barbara County.

Aside from Tattooing, Jimmy loves to create fine art. He has done a lot of promo art and merchandise design for different bands and company's including: Paul Yaffe Custom's in Phoenix, AZ, U.S. Bombs, Demented Are Go, Frantic Fattops, Agent Orange, The Misfits, Guana Batz, Hank III, Flogging Molly and many others. Jimmy's Work has been published in numerous publications including Tattoo Burst (Japan), Juxtapoz, Burnout (Japan), Tribal (Japan), and many others.

Jimmy enjoys collecting guns, World War II memorabilia, and traveling. Jimmy resides in Shell Beach, California.