Mario G. of Tempe's Lady Luck Tattoo Gallery on His Maleficent, Starbucks, and Spongebob Tattoos

Mario G. of Tempe’s Lady Luck Tattoo Gallery on His Maleficent, Starbucks, and Spongebob Tattoos

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Mario G. of Tempe's Lady Luck Tattoo Gallery on His Maleficent, Starbucks, and Spongebob Tattoos

Josh Chesler Mario G is one of Metro Phoenix’s top young tattoo artists. When 26-year-old Mario G. stopped by a tattoo shop to watch his buddy get tattooed, he didn’t think it would lead him to tattooing as a career.

It just so happened that on that particular day in 2007, Mario was wearing a T-shirt that he had designed and silkscreened. The artists at the shop took notice of the shirt and asked him who drew the design.

See also: Mikey Sarratt of Phoenix’s High Noon Tattoo on Tattooing the Arizona Coyotes Josh Chesler Mario’s Maleficent piece is one of the most meaningful tattoos the artist has. "I had a book of my designs with me, so I showed it to them and they offered me an apprenticeship," Mario says. "I was working in customer service at the time, like a telephone job, and I had a few friends doing tattoos so I just decided to do it."

Now a tattoo artist and painter at Lady Luck Tattoo Gallery in Tempe, Mario is one of the Valley’s top young tattooing talents, thanks largely to his unique take on the neo-traditional style of tattooing.

Growing up, Mario hung around a lot of skaters and was involved in the skating and graffiti scenes, so tattoos and street art were nothing new to him. It was when he began using some of his bold graffiti-style colors and details within the traditional tattooing style that his work stood out from the crowd.

"It’s based off of traditional, vintage, old-school sailor tattoos," Mario says about his tattooing style. "I just started incorporating more detail and color into the designs, a lot in the eyes. I think it gives them more character and personality. It gives mood and feeling to the tattoos."

Though Mario has only been tattooing for about six years, his work has garnered attention around the Valley. This year, Mario won second place for traditional tattoos at the Hell City Tattoo […]