Founded by Chino and his long-time best friend, Jason (Edgar) Penagos, Stigma Ink originally began a number of years ago in Guadalajara, Mexico.
After working at a number of shops in the Orlando and Tampa areas, it became Chino and Edgar’s dream to create a unique and original Tattoo Parlour with a strong artistic and custom feel. Unfortunately, Edgar passed away in June 2008. Chino then spent 13 years working in the tattoo supply business in Tampa, where he had the opportunity to travel and meet artists from all over the world.
Today, with the help of Chino’s wife, Mariely, and after many years of careful preparation and planning, saving and searching, this dream Chino and his friend shared so long ago is once more realized in the heart of Tampa, Florida, as of 2011. It’s a family business, involving Chino’s beautiful daughter and son, Leonardo, who has been in the industry since he was born and has been trained by Chino, a veteran with 30 years in the industry. Leonardo is now the official piercer.
Since 2018, Chino has been dealing with kidney disease, but on September 1, 2023, he received a new kidney and is now doing great. Chino and Mariely are the proud owners of Ink Mania Expo (www.inkmaniaexpo.com) and offer the best tattoo aftercare on the market with Blackeye products (www.blackeyenatural.com).
An extra shout out to Drew for being a bit help around Stigma Ink