Trigs 2.0: Michael Pebley Jr.

Last week marks the 2 year anniversary of the death of Michael Christopher Pebley Sr, a.k.a. “Trigz”, a well-known and respected tattoo artist here in Southern California.

We had the honor of sitting down with his son, Michael Pebley Jr. to discuss his father, music, tattoos, tattoo removal and how he is following in his famous father’s footsteps.

trigz portrait

Trigz was known for his distinctively tattooed face and for tattooing some of the biggest hip hop and rock stars in the business. Some of his A-list clients included Chris Brown, Tyga, Wiz Khalifa and Travis Barker of Blink 182. On the evening of October 9, 2014, Trigz was shot outside a North Hollywood smoke shop after getting into a fight with a man inside. Sadly, Trigz was pronounced dead on the scene. He left behind 5 children and a fiancée, who he affectionately referred to as his wife.

Fast forward to 2 years to our Beverly Hills location where we have the pleasure of meeting one of his children, Michael Pebley Jr. Michael is playing with his son while patiently waiting for his numbing cream to take effect. Just like his father, Michael is a loyal Dr. Tattoff patient. He’s having a full sleeve removed from his left arm so he can have more elaborate work designed. A lot of his tattoos were completed when he was 14-15 years old, the first being his mom’s name. The rest are tattoos he doesn’t want anymore, such as an outline of California, a “beat up eye sore” crown on his hand, a Koi fish, 818 and a number of random ones thrown together to create his sleeve. Michael told us that he didn’t realize how bad his tattoos were until he started having quality work done. For the record, Trigz never tattooed Michael… but he did pierce him!

Currently Michael is a tattoo apprentice at Sin City Tattoo and La Vida Tattoo where his father established himself as a premier artist.

“Growing up I was always around the tattoo shop with my dad. He would pick me up and we would kick it at the shop with all the other tattoo artists”

When asked why he decided to become a tattoo artist he said, “I just grew up in that environment it’s [tattooing] mostly what I knew, it was destined to be. I’m doing my thing and going to keep my dad’s legacy going”. Michael recognizes that living up to his father’s legacy is a tall task to accomplish, but he’s up for the challenge. “I definitely have big shoes to fill but I’m building my own name at the same time”

Not only is Michael following in his father’s footsteps, he’s also embarking on a music career. The genre of music he’s recording is 90’s style Hip Hop.  He explained to us that he’s trying to make music that is uplifting, positive and not so much of the “turn up, get drunk, party” Hip Hop that is out there today. “I’m trying to make music with a message”. You can check out some of his music on his Instagram account, TheKidRaps.