I am merely a man; suffocated by art. I am a southern California native who loves life and all of the art in it. I grew up with a pencil in hand and an unrelenting passion for illustration. I have always been an artist. I grew up listening to rock and roll & punk rock, skateboarding & snowboarding with friends, and making art. I fell in love with tattoo art and culture at a very young age and have immersed myself in it.
I did my first few tattoos in 2006 while studying art in college. It wasn't until 2008 that I began tattooing full-time. I am self taught, in that I never had an apprenticeship; but I credit all of the people I've worked with, over the years, for teaching me everything I know. I've had the privilege of working alongside and befriending some of the best artists in the world and I am the artist I am today because of their influence and guidance. I am forever grateful for the friendships that this industry has provided.
In the summer of 2011, I competed in and won the title of the reality television show, "Best Ink", a tattoo competition which aired worldwide. I am fortunate enough to have do what I love, and travel the world, permanently sharing my art with some incredible clients. I am lucky enough to be an award-winning artist and to have had my art and tattoo work published in several magazines and books all over the world. I tattoo a lot of amazing people; including celebrities, lawyers, professional athletes, firemen, pastors, musicians, doctors, and more. I also host the docuseries, Backstage Ink, where I tattoo and interview celebrities, backstage, behind the scenes of their crazy lives. I constantly strive to progress, as an artist, as to strengthen my skill set and offer my clients with the very best possible work. The art of tattooing is sacred to me and I am honored to be able to create permanent artwork on skin.
When I am not tattooing, I am usually working on new art or traveling the world with my beautiful wife and daughter. I also enjoy surfing, traveling to far away worlds, getting lost, listening to music & going to live shows, and spending time with family & friends.
Son of a hardworking painter and loving mother, Jon Marquez was born in East LA, California. He moved to the IE at age of 5, establishing his life until he relocated in his late teens. Jon’s love for art has always played a big roll in not only his life style, but his out look on life as well. pouring endless amounts of hours, blood, sweat and tears Jon never gave up on his dream of becoming a great artist one day. Staying creative has always been his drive even at a young age. not coming from an artistic background Jon was determined to learn how to draw and express himself through his form of art. At the age of 16, after school, he would visit Ink Pagoda, one of the first tattoo shops in Fontana, California, and hang out with his older brother Charlie, who at the time was a piercing apprentice under owner David Grubb. Jon never realized that it was only the beginning of his long life journey to becoming a tattoo artist, and would change his life forever.
At 18, he moved to San Antonio, Texas, Starting a new life with no friends and little family, he ventured out and got his first job as a gas station clerk. But as a year goes by, he realizes it's not what he wants to do for the rest of his life. Regardless, he eventually met a few friends there and continued to pursue his passion of tattooing as a hobby. He would buy supplies in the south side of San Antonio.
One day, they offered him the opportunity of a life time: they asked him to work at their north side location, Sin Tattoos. There, he would meet Jason Pena, Lenard Guerrero, Joe Joe and Zara Bordeaux, great artists that would help build and further his tattoo career. After some management changes, Jon followed his fellow artists Jason and Lenard to Rings of Fire, meeting owner Roger Salinas, artists Cathrine Orozco and David Beltran. After three years and the departure of owner Roger Salinas, Jon and his fellow artist followed Roger to open Jolly Roger's Tattoos near Lackland AFB. Jon then ended his partnership in the winter of 2014 to start a new chapter of his life back, in his hometown, Fontana, CA.
Returning to his roots, Jon was determined to take his love for tattoos to the next level. After several years of perfecting his craft Jon was on his journey on finding his next tattoo family. The Black Lantern in Dana Point, Ca.
Ivana Tattoo Art is known worldwide for her unique brand of creativity. Ivana is a self taught artist who has been perfecting her style for the last 18 years. She has won multiple awards and has participated in some of the most prestigious international tattoo shows in the industry.
Her work has been displayed in various exhibitions and she has collaborated with several art schools internationally. She is also a gifted illustrator, clothing designer and photographer.
Her tattoos are positive, playful, beautiful, sometimes mischievous and always fun. Her style is innovative, sophisticated, and eclectic; a sexy mixture of multiple genres combining funky, bright colors and abstract elements with street style and high art.
Her artistic intentions are not to replicate pictures and objects as they are seen by others, but rather to capture the object’s unique form. Her trademark style is instantly recognizable and has garnered fans and admirers worldwide.
Ivana‘s commitment to artistic and personal growth are reflected in everything she does. Her style continues to evolve over time, but her distinct and unique signature is always present.
“I take inspiration from everyday of my life,” she says. “I’m grateful for every new day and what it offers.”
Lately, her style has become more illustrative. It’s a reflection of her inner child as she looks to capture the playful and whimsical feeling of youth. Her current project is developing fine art prints of animal based tattoo designs.
“For this first collection, I wanted to create something that incorporated the fascination I had with animals as a child and my current illustrative colorful style.”
Ivana draws inspiration from her travels across the US and Europe. She currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California.