Briston has been a part of Sink or Swim his whole life. Growing up in the studio formerly known as Psycho Tattoo and watching his father Deano Cook, he always knew tattooing was his dream. After working in the studio as a front desk representative he completed a 2 year apprenticeship to step into making his dream a reality.
Briston specializes in large-scale Black & Grey Realism, with an affinity for dark art and the macabre.
April Heart (Johnson) Began her piercing career in October of 1997 in Texas. She moved to Georgia in December of 1999 and, over the years, has worked at Virtue and Vice, Kolo, and now with us since May of 2018. She served a 3 year ten as the Vice President of The Association of Professional Piercers from 2005-2008.Follow her work on Instagram @gypsyheartpiercing
Deano Cook established Sink or Swim Studio and Gallery formerly Psycho Tattoo over 27 years ago building a clientele base of ocean lovers that travel from all over the world for their appointments. Deano is a world renown artist specializing in realism with a strong focus on marine life in tattoos, oil paintings, illustrations and published underwater photography. He offers an experience taking clients through his personal stock photography to create and customize a unique and personalized tattoo from “SEA TO SKIN”. Deano has been scuba diving over 20 years collecting reference and studying marine animals so that he can articulate the oceans beauty with precision through his various art forms. Deano’s underwater photography has been published in Alert Diver Magazine, The Smithsonian and Georgia Aquarium just to name a few.
Rob Thomas has served the Atlanta area and tattoo industry for over 25 years. His decades-spanning practice has developed a well-rounded style that makes him the artist he is today. As one of the most tenured artists at Sink or Swim, he has honed his skills to include many styles, including realism, color work, and black and grey. Rob also specializes in large projects and enjoys designing custom pieces and collaborating with his clientele to make their ideas a reality. His favorite part of being an artist is the wide variety of imagery and illustration he gets to progress with his clients. He takes pride in the relationships he has developed as a result of his artistry and customer service.
When Rob is not tattooing, you could likely find him at the skate park, riding his motorcycle, or spending time with his family.