Local tattoo artist uses talents to decorate cranial bands for free

Posted at 6:10 PM, Apr 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-24 21:34:16-04

Angel Gonzalez has been tattooing for three years, but his love for art spans back his whole life. He was getting ready to open up his first tattoo shop Xolo Tattoo in August until COVID-19 hit.

"Everything is kind of pause at the moment, so I have a lot of free time," said Angel.

With extra free time, Angel has been trying to find ways to keep the creative juices flowing. Recently his friend from high school Eric Garcia reached out to him to see if he could design something for him, not a tattoo. Instead, it was a design for his 10-month-old son's cranial band.

"I just pitched him the idea if he could do something… I'm very glad that he did this," said Eric.

A cranial band is a custom helmet that helps shape a baby's head as they grow. It took two days to complete the Spider-Man design.

"I figured if they have their favorite superhero or character painted on it, it might make it a little bit easier and fun for them to see that as a positive thing to wear," said Angel.

Eric said he loves his son's new cranial band.

"Once he has it on, he's too cute with it on. I can't believe what an awesome work he did. I'm very glad," said Eric.

Now Angel plans to paint designs and paint cranial bands for children, all free of charge. The reason why, because he is inspired by his real-life superhero, his brother, who works at Children's Hospital. Angel said this is his small way to give back during difficult times.

"I get inspired by my brother and the things that he does at Children's Hospital. Doing art and cranial bands, it's my little grain in the sand," said Angel.

If you would like to reach out to Angel to decorate a cranial band, you can contact him at (414) 467-6668,, or visit his website by clicking here.

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