Ricky "Dox" Rosa
Ricky Rosa also known as Dox was born and raised in the Bronx New York, at the age of 4 years old his dad gave him a pen and drew a smiley face and that's where his artistic journey began. He started drawing everything he saw, mostly cartoons, his passion grew and he got into markers which got him really into colors, self taught airbrush artist which led into an apprenticeship at Tattooing with 2 extreme out of Tampa Florida. still favoring artist like Joe Jusko and David Bolt, Dox really loves the more fantasy style of art even on human canvases; well versed in black and grey Dox likes to puts his own spin into his tattoo work when given the leisure Knowing that its not the store size that matters but the art that comes from within Ricky Dox Rosa opened.up a modest shop in Oldsmar Florida where he keeps himself busy and has built himself quite a reputation. Soon to be seen nationally Dox has nowhere to go but up. White Tiger Designz so named as he was born in the year of the Tiger... soon to come Dox Designz.
By Christopher Spata
Published: February 19, 2014
A tattoo by artist Ricky "Dox" Rosa.
When Tampa tattoo artist Ricky “Dox” Rosa got the call to appear on “Tattoo Titans,” he saw a chance to potentially have his work seen by millions. What he didn't expect, was to end up in a heated argument with one of the most famous ink slingers around.
“I guess I should have known that it's reality TV. They're looking for drama,” Rosa said during a call to the Tribune.
Rosa, who tattoos at White Tiger Designz in Oldsmar, appears on the next episode of the reality competition series, airing 11 p.m. Thursday on CMT. Each week, the show puts four of “the best tattoo artists from around the country” through a series of challenges requiring them to complete actual tattoos. The weekly winner gets bragging rights and a $10,000 prize.
One of the show's judges, Ami James, star of TLC series “Miami Ink” and “NY Ink,” has a reputation for being tough when criticizing contestants.
“Let's just say I wasn't feeling the love and encouragement,” Rosa said.
Rosa says he found himself in an argument with the celebrity tattoo artist after James asked where he was from. When Rosa, a Bronx native who has lived in the Tampa area since 1987, said Tampa, he claims James told him “I (expletive) hate Tampa.”
“For no reason, he had some kind of problem with me the second I walked in. It threw me off my game,” Rosa said.
Rosa couldn't say exactly what the outcome of the show was before it aired, but his chances at the prize don't sound promising.
“He said my dragon was the worst dragon he'd ever seen,” Rosa said with a laugh. “Believe it or not, I still had fun. I'm real passionate about what I do, and the people I tattoo love it, end of story. Look at my portfolio, my work speaks for itself.”
Rosa isn't the first locally-based tattoo artist to compete on “Tattoo Titans.” Melody Mitchell from Stigma Ink in Tampa narrowly missed the final round on last week's episode.