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Gary "Loco" van de Wouw
May 13, 1970-June 10, 2023
Gary “Loco” van de Wouw was a senior artist, coworker, and cherished friend at Stanwood Tattoo Company since our opening in February of 2020.
Gary’s tattooing career brought him from Holland to Canada and then the United States before eventually settling with us at our little shop in Stanwood, Washington. He was with us from the very beginning and helped to build Stanwood Tattoo Company into something we are all so proud of. To say that we are devastated is an understatement. Gary will be missed more than we can ever express.
When you got a tattoo from Gary, you didn’t just get a beautiful piece of art, you got a real music history lesson or maybe a story or two about Gary’s time with his band Brotherhood Foundation. Maybe he’d tell you about his most infamous tattoo or talk about his beloved dog, Geordie. He loved to chat about music and was never shy about sharing his opinions! But his favorite stories to tell were about his boys, Waylon and Hugo. He proudly shared with all of us about their latest accomplishments and adventures. He loved to show off the tattoos they did on his arm once they were “old enough”. Gary was so many things to all of us - but above all of it, he loved being their dad the most.
While Gary is no longer with us, we will continue to honor his legacy, larger than life personality, beautiful artistry and numerous contributions to our shop and to each of us personally at Stanwood Tattoo Company.