My name is Gabor Csobi, but people just call me Gabe. I have been a worldwide experienced tattoo artist since 1992, all the way from Hungary, Austria, Italy, France to the USA, from the East Coast to the Wild West. My specialty is freehand custom tattoos (neither from flash nor tracing).
I began tattooing in 1992 in my beautiful hometown of Budapest, Hungary at the first ever opened Central/East European tattoo parlor called Pozitív Ómen Tattoo Studio, established in 1991. It means I am one of the first generation tattoo artists of Hungary and even in the entire late Eastern block.
In the Pozitív Ómen Tattoo Studio, six other tattooist and I invented the skill of tattooing and basically planted the seeds of the modern “inked nation” of Hungary. All seven of us became successful and well known around the country and abroad. Most of us at the Pozitív Ómen Tattoo Studio were real “gearheads” and we had ridden self-customized Harleys built from scratch. We were drawing and tattooing at day and turning wrenches at night. We got a lot of artistic influence out of our motorcyclist hobby. Tattooing and riding motorcycles helped develop our creative outstanding lifestyle.
In 1994, I was invited to the small town of Bra, Italy to open a new tattoo parlor to help boost the art of tattooing in that vicinity. My Italian friends called me “Gabore” the “Ungherese” the biker nomad tattooer. With their help, I opened a studio in their independent Harley garage and shop. My shoppe was named Gabor’s Cycledelic Tattoo after their motor bike shop called Cycledelic Garage. In those glory days, I tattooed the majority of the local biker scene. There were a lot of cool folks out there, lots of parties, fun, motorcycle rides, great food, pretty women and the finest wines. Good old days with nice memories. In those days, I was riding my oldschool Harley and driving European classic cars, but I was itching for a real hot rod.
A couple years later, my restless soul asked me to move on. It was mainly caused by my hunger of more international experience in tattooing, my secondary desire of traveling and expressing my “gearhead” passion involving even closer and deeper into the hot rod, kustom kulture and rockabilly scene.
I went to America where I found more artistic challenges. I worked for different studios from the East Coast to the West such as Carl Hesse’s World Famous Studio in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Bill Funk’s Body Graphics in Downtown Philly and the great late Eric Maaskie’s Classic Tattoo Parlor in Fullerton, California.
Not to mention, studios in Ohio, Arizona and Southern and Northern California.
After that, I returned to Europe in 2003, where I opened my own shop in Hungary under my name “Gabe’s Tattoo Studio”. I was riding my cafe racer, that I personally built in Ohio, and driving my 1964 Imperial out there, but I hadn’t built a real hot rod yet!
Two years later, in 2005, the memories of sunny California and it’s rich hot rod kustom kulture brought me back again. I had settled down in the birth land of surfing and hot rods: Southern California. I was a proud owner of the ORANGE CIRCLE TATTOO PARLOR, located in the heart of Orange County, California. I was doing full-time tattooing and part-time bike building, and of course…custom cars and hot rods.
For my first American tattoo studio, my ultimate choice was not less than the oldest town with lots of history: Old Towne Historic District of City of Orange. There I found the best environment for creating contemporary art, such as tattooing. As a tattoo artist, I fulfilled my passion Kustom Kulture and profession of tattooing what I love.
Besides tattooing, O.C.T. was an art gallery too. It was a home and focus point of the local Low Brow Art scene to providing art exhibitions, happenings, shows, reunions for artists and art enthusiast in every other months. If you wish at “History” you can find cool pictures and videos of this time of my life.
The Orange Circle Tattoo had a totally different atmosphere, incomparable with other tattoo shops with the way they designed, furnished, decorated and the way we treat our customers to feel themselves comfortable all the time. The image of both my parlors were a fine mix with my European roots with the American Kustom Kulture and the Hawaiian Tiki Theme, flavored with a ’50’s – ’60’s retrospect.
After having Rose Tattoo in Bad Tölz, Germany for a few years, now I can be found in my latest tattoo shop called Classic Tattoo, Hungary. The Classic Tattoo Parlor is conveniently located with a 30 minute drive from the center of Budapest.
Feel free to contact me for your next appointment or for a free consultation.