Title: Owner and Tattoo Artist
Company: NVUS Ink
Location: Vilonia, Arkansas, United States
Matthew T. Ponton, Owner and Tattoo Artist at NVUS Ink, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Business Owners for dedication, achievements, and leadership in body art and business administration.
With years of experience to his credit, Mr. Ponton has excelled as the owner of, and a tattoo artist with, NVUS Ink in Conway, Arkansas since 2017. Prior to these positions, he found success as a tattoo artist with Psycho Ink in Conway, Arkansas from 2008 to 2017. Notably, his tattoo art has been featured in Faulkner Lifestyle Magazine as well as twice in Central City Ink Magazine. In addition to his primary responsibilities, Mr. Ponton has been active as a tattoo apprenticeship instructor.
Before embarking upon his professional path, Mr. Ponton enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps, serving his country between 2003 and 2007. He subsequently obtained his license to practice as a tattoo artist in 2008. Mr. Ponton was drawn to his field after receiving encouragement from his predecessors in the field, who noticed his extraordinary drawing skills and suggested he pursue a tattoo apprenticeship.
In light of his exceptional undertakings, Mr. Ponton has accrued several accolades throughout his career. As a testament to the quality of his business, NVUS Ink was celebrated as the Best Tattoo Shop in Faulkner County by Log Cabin Democrat in 2020 and 2021, having previously secured a nomination as well as a Third Place recognition. He was also personally presented with a First Place Tattoo Award at the Little Rock Convention Center. Among all of his professional accomplishments, Mr. Ponton is incredibly proud of establishing NVUS Ink in addition to invitations he has received to tattoo at shops in other countries.
Mr. Ponton has attributed his success to his “no-quit” attitude and his unrivaled dedication to his work. He is additionally inspired by the need to ensure his family is fed and his employees can earn a comfortable living wage. Moreover, he fondly recalls licensing out to a number of great artists, some of whom were established names and have since become award-winning tattoo artists. In the coming years, Mr. Ponton hopes to expand upon NVUS Ink with a larger space, better tattoo equipment and a larger staff, including his eldest daughter who is currently in the midst of her apprenticeship.
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