**AS OF JANUARY 2019 SOBA HAS ANNOUNCED HIS PARTIAL RETIREMENT FROM MACHINE BUILDING. Over the next few months we will be selling off the built SOBA machines we have here, after they are gone, his models will transfer to our other builders and we will only be selling random SOBA customs moving forward. In the meantime we will be releasing some new limiteds and customs as production models sell off.
BJ “SOBAONE” Johnson began tattooing in 1997. By 1999 he had already begun figuring out how to manufacture, from scratch, his own tattoo machine models. In 2002 he began working with Seth Ciferri, Adam Ciferri and Aaron Cain to co-found Workhorse Irons. BJ now builds machines and makes tattoos in his private studio GreenLion Studios located in Grand Rapids Michigan.