By Hannah Stevens @Hannahshewans
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Videographer / Director: Francisco Barsallo
Producer: Hannah Stevens, James Thorne
Editor: Sonia Estal
Six months ago Ezrah Dormon, began his journey by inking a small rose on his mum’s arm under the watchful eye of his tattoo mentor Ali Garcia.
Now Ezrah, from Panama City, Panama, is honing his craft at Honolulu Tattoo - conveniently set up inside the family’s home - under the tutelage of his mentor.
Ezrah told Barcroft TV: “When I started to tattoo I felt that this was something that I was really going to love. That this was something that I was going to be able to dedicate myself too.
“I really love that I can help commemorate that moment in their life. That they get to share their story with me and I get to share it with the world.”
The preteen has now tattooed around 25 people and he is eager to keep practicing his craft.
Wynter Rosen, Ezrah’s mum said: “Getting tattooed by Ezrah first was a surprise, that wasn’t a plan. So it was one of those moments where I was like ‘alright, let’s try it!’
“I was looking at his little tiny hand and I thought, ‘wow, I will never forget this moment. Here is my little boy, who just turned 12, tattooing me.’
“It was very strange, the whole plethora emotions that you go through with something like that.”
Ezrah has been training under Ali Garcia, a talented tattoo artist in her own right, who is ensuring that he learns all of the crucial elements of tattooing, including hygiene, operating the tattoo machine correctly and, most importantly, the artistry behind it all.
Wynter said: “Ali has spent many, many, many hours with him while they draw, while they paint. Teaching him about the hygiene, teaching him how to put the machine together, teaching him to set up the studio and to take pride in his space.
“Everything that it’s going to take for him to become a great tattoo artist one day.
“I am trying to keep Ezrah’s tattooing, his school work and his childhood all in a place that is balanced and that he is having fun with.”
The tattoo apprentice has also used fruit to practice his craft on, including a ton of grapefruits as they are they are a good substitute for human skin.
Ezrah said: “I don’t really have a style right now, at all, I just stick with traditional. But maybe over the years I will develop my own style that will actually become unique.”
While he is steadily building up his own portfolio, Ezrah is a long way off from getting his own tattoos - he says he will probably get one when he reaches 21.
Brian Smith, Ezrah’s latest client, said: “I heard about Ezrah through my son and I wasn’t nervous because I knew, based on the reports, that this young man is very talented.
“Starting at this young age, he has nowhere to go but up and at the level he is right now, watch out world, here comes Ezrah!”
Check out more of Ezrah's work at @eztheshark on Instagram and his mentor Ali @aliciamargaritamar