#ManCrushMonday: BJ

Did you know ModBettie does personal branding shoots for men too?! Gasp! Of course, when you have a subject as cool as BJ Johnson, you know you're going to capture some great shots.


BJ Johnson is a tattoo artist, tattoo machine builder, metal smith, and mixed media artist. He's always been passionate about making things and has dabbled in many creative fields over the years. Tattooing and machine building is the area he's stuck with the longest and where he focuses most of his energy.  


"It really has never mattered what it is, I just have always felt the need to create."

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BJ began his tattooing career in 1997 working out of the original Purple East building. Since then, he has worked in and owned a number of other shops. Today he shares his own private space, GreenLion Studios with his wife Jill (check out Jill's ModB experience here).  

GreenLion contains space for tattoos by appointment, a metals workshop where BJ creates tattoo machines and small metal sculptures, a gallery, and space for yoga classes taught by Jill.   

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"I am inspired by anyone who is creating something with passion."


BJ found ModBettie through his wife, Jill, and he loved how the photos from her shoot had turned out. He was on the hunt for some current photography of his art and workspace to update his website and social media. Like many of us, he wasn't super keen on having his own photo taken.


"I was still apprehensive about having my pictures done, but Elise made it so fun!"


Connect with BJ:

BJ on IG // GreenLion Studios on IG

Facebook // Website

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