Steve Barjonah’s tattoo career began in 1988 in San Diego, CA. while serving in the U.S. Navy, aboard the U.S.S. Elliot (DD967). Shipmate Rick Demyen, the resident artist and tattooer, saw Steve’s interest and offered him an apprenticeship. 31/2 years later, Steve was honorably discharged and began tattooing full-time at Avalon Tattoo with Fip Buchanan, Patty Kelley, and Mike Stobbe. “working on the general public was like starting all over again!”, say’s Steve, “And working at Avalon with some high-power artists really got me on the right track. I am eternally grateful for all their help”. During that time, Steve worked at and attended many conventions across the U.S., watching and learning from some of the best in the business, including some special visits with Paul Jeffries to get tattooed and have some ” Advanced Apprenticeship” lessons in drawing composition and flash designing. Steve continues to push himself to the next level and really enjoys being a part of this exciting and ever-changing art form.
“My favorite tattoo? The NEXT ONE!”