“If I respect you, you respect me. That’s all. If I don’t wanna do something, don’t push me… I think the most important thing is respect for the older tattoo artists. I try to teach the new guys to not forget the past because I think without us, there is no tattooing.” – Mao
Living and working out of Madrid, Spain, Mao is a fixture in European tattooing and has been for more than three decades. While his work runs parallel to modern tattooing, he still exists in a world where the art is still part of society’s outer fringe.