By the time he was 18, he was working in Dallas at Taboo Tattoo and then its' sister shop, Smooth Groove, with Jimmy and Sharon Flatte. After spending almost three years working there surrounded by many influential tattooists, such as Frank Lee, Boog, Richard Stell, and Oliver Peckin historic Deep Ellum, he expanded his artistic education by working at a number of other tattoo shops across the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
John moved to Los Angeles in 2006,where he was hired by Lou Bone at Art to the Bone on Ventura Blvd. After Lou tragically passed away, John found that he was restless and tired of being stuck working in one spot, so he took to the road. He contacted his many friends in the business and began to guest spot across the country. He returned to Dallas, to Taboo Tattoo,and then later as a guest to their second location in Oak Cliff. He also worked on many occasions at All Star Ink Lab in Fort Worth and Legacy Arts Tattoo in Addison. He has frequented Idol Hands Tattoo in New Orleans and Ink Spot Tattoo in Marksville, Louisiana. He returned to South Texas to work again with the Shaw family at Shaw's Tattoo with Benny Shaw and South Texas Tattoo near Corpus Christi with Robert and Danielle Koerth.
He spent the summer of 2011on a tattoo tour that started in Los Angeles and ended in New York City.The summer of 2012, he took it international and toured Europe.He tattooed at Kamikaze Ink in Truro, England, with Karl "Kamikaze" Bowker and then in Copenhagen, Denmark, at Custom Grafixx. He also visited Italy, France, The Netherlands, Poland, and Germany, which was a great artistic inspiration for him.
John has had continued success at home in Los Angeles,too. He has tattooed a variety of celebrities - from Oscar and Grammy winners to Super Bowl champions. To name a few: Chris Brown, Head from Korn, Comedian D.L. Hughley, D.J. Paul of Three Six Mafia, rap artists Y.G. and Ya Boy, Diggity Dave of Pimp My Ride, lead singer of Crazy Town, Shifty, and athletes Ricky Dudley, Demar Derozan, and Kelvin Sheppard.
It's not surprising that so many have chosen John Petro to give them quality custom tattoos. He has a unique and eclectic style that is drawn from personal pain and life experience. He is a diverse artist who is able to create an image in the brightest color or smooth black and grey, and transfer it to the skin with utmost precision that has come from almost 20 years of learning. His favorite quote is from another great artist, Salvador Dali, "Have no fear of perfection, you'll never reach it," and this is his approach to his art--a continuous learning process--as he endeavors to expand and grow his gift.
John still enjoys and continues to travel the world. The best way to get in contact with him for an appointment is via his social networks, where you can see when he will be in your area. He has a Facebook fan page under the name "John Petro,"and can also be found on Twitter (@johnpetro) and on Instagram (@johnpetro). You can also email him at email@example.com.
Article by Dez Ward