John Brian “Swag” Knowles, owner-operator of the Tattoo Lounge in Mar Vista, passed away unexpectedly on Dec. 2. He was 45.
Born and raised in Nottingham, England, Knowles moved to the United States in 1993 to pursue his career as a tattoo artist at the Tattoo Asylum. In 2006, Knowles and his wife, Patti, opened the Tattoo Lounge on Venice Boulevard in Mar Vista.
Knowles was the son of John B. and Linda K. Knowles. He touched many lives through his artwork and love of tattooing, and his wit, sarcasm and good nature endeared him to many, friends say.
Knowles is survived by his loving wife Patricia, daughter Jessica, brothers Craig and Mark, and sisters Melanie, Melissa and Debbie. He is additionally survived by numerous nieces, nephews, loved ones and friends, along with his “fuzzy” children.