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Meet Ryan and Matt Murray of The Black Veil

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ryan and Matt Murray.

Ryan began his tattooing career in 2009 after completing his apprenticeship in New Hampshire, meanwhile, Matthew attended classes as a film major at the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, but soon came into the industry while apprenticing with Ryan while still in school. The Black Veil opened its doors in April of 2012 with works self-described “black and grey for the grim hearted.”

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It hasn’t always been a smooth road, initially finding a studio to work in was quite the struggle, but I stayed relentless until I was luckily able to find a studio nearby that was willing to hire me, and where I was then able to grow as an artist and to develop a style of my own.

There have always been and will be times of discouragement. I think that it’s easy for any artist to fall into a rut, where you’ll completely tear yourself apart, but it can push you to learn and it can certainly open new doors in which to improve your weaker areas. At least, that’s how I see it.

The Black Veil – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
Our work has always been heavily inspired by the death and mourning etiquette of New England’s Victorian past times, as well as the history of the city we call home, Salem Massachusetts.

In almost all of our artwork, many reoccurring images can be brought to light, crescent moons, vacant eyes, and lastly our two matching, but slightly deviating black widow spider signatures that we are most commonly known for, used to signify an unbreakable bond between our kindred styles as twin brothers.

We love that we are able to work together and help one another with our ideas on a daily basis, not every artist has the luxury of working at their best friend/brothers side.

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
It’s difficult to pinpoint an certain moment in time that we are the most proud of in our careers so far, but we have been so fortunate enough to have had an astonishing amount of support from family, friends/clients alike every step of the way.

The Black Veil wouldn’t have grown to be what it’s become today without the ones who have always been there to believe in us and support us, for that we are the most proud and lucky for.

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