John Palega is a proud Bay Area native. He has loved art since childhood, and discovered his passion for tattoos at a young age. His grandmother would pay him for art drawings, which she would then frame and display in her house. Having his art displayed for people’s enjoyment gave him an indescribable high, and steered him toward becoming a better artist. Tattooing has become an extension of this feeling of pride, as the art he ink’s into people’s skin travels with them on their life’s journey. He specializes in Polynesian tribal tattoos to honor his Hawaiian and Samoan roots. John is working towards completing an apprenticeship while finishing his Bachelors of the Arts.