Hailing from Philadelphia and exposed to tattoos most of his life, Damien Rodriguez spent years of hard work, dedication, and a grueling apprenticeship to finally begin his journey into tattooing in the Spring of 2003. Although heavily influenced by almost everyone and everything around him in Philly, his craving for more knowledge eventually led him to New York City, where he's been since summer of 2007. Constantly striving to outdo himself along with a tireless work ethic, he aims to make each tattoo better than the last. His love of Far Eastern lore and American nostalgia influence his tattooing heavily, as seen in his predominately Japanese and American Traditional themes. However, trying to keep himself well rounded, he still enjoys the "New Skool"/Realistic approach style he originally started off doing, using dramatic lighting when possible.