Hi! My name is Jio Maia!
I was born in Dzerzhinsk, Russia, moved to Portugal when I was 9 years old with my mum, spending the teenage years in Algarve and then studying for 4 years in Lisbon.
I have been doing art most of my life. I studied Architecture for a year, decided I wanted to go in a more artistic direction, so I switched to a Painting Bachelor’s Degree in the Fine-Arts University in Lisbon. I didn’t finish it because on the 3rd year I began tattooing and decided to just do that, seeing how University was not inspiring me.
I started tattooing in 2012 and that became my main artistic expression.
At the moment I don’t really have a permanent base. Berlin, Germany is definitely one of my homes where I keep returning a few times a year.
I first visited Berlin 6 years ago with the intention to move there, but my nomadic heart has been driving me to travel around the World and that’s what I’ve been doing.
Even though I travel to many Countries, I prefer to tattoo in only a few places (at the moment, it’s mostly Berlin and San Francisco)
because I usually need to get into a working mindset and feel grounded and safe in a place to give my best for tattooing.
MY TATTOO STYLE AND APPROACH
There is something special about the whole process of creating an art piece that lives on and changes with my clients, that is painful to receive and yet so enjoyable to wear.
I enjoy having creative freedom and making designs for my clients, based on their way of being, what they wish to express,
where they are at in their life and their energy vibration. All of my tattoos are drawn by me.
In the last 2-3 years I developed a unique style that sometimes can be called as Line work, Chaotic Blackwork, it’s hard to name it.
It consists of unique designs that are mostly made out of lines, sometimes minimalistic and delicate and other times very chaotic and dark.
I focus on the flow of the body, on how the tattoo relates to it’s shapes and curves, making it a complete piece that was meant to be there instead of looking like a sticker.
The best work comes from when my clients are open to ideas and suggestions. From my experience, the more freedom and trust you give to the artist, the better the results. My creativity really gets to shine when you give me just a few starting points and leave the rest to me.
If you have more questions, please visit the FAQ page.
Tattooing is not my full time job, so there are periods throughout the year in which I switch off and take time to do other things that excite me and refresh my being.
I am deeply passionate and involved in personal and spiritual growth.
I spend my free time travelling, attending retreats and workshops on meditation, self-realization, self-empowerment, exploring nature,
volunteering at communities and ashrams, facilitating women’s circles and events on conscious communication, sexual healing and self-exploration.
If you wish to know more about my personal journey, you can follow my personal Instagram and Youtube channel.
Ever wondered how a tattoo artist becomes a tattoo artist?
I am sharing my personal journey of how I came into the tattoo industry, how I got the idea of becoming a tattoo artist,
how I struggled to find an apprenticeship and how it all worked out.
A little inside view into my journey.
Thank you for reading and watching!