João Paulo Rodrigues – or JP as he is known in his international career – inked his first professional tattoo at 19 years old. Born in Rio de Janeiro, JP was early drawn to the arts, with a great passion for music and painting. JP saw in tattoo a vehicle to express his love for creating, while developing the ever-important human connection that fuels his soul and inspires his art. A lifelong student of the great works in Japanese tattooing and black-dominant tribal designs, JP has travelled the globe collaborating with renowned artists from tattoo’s various schools, always seeking a fine balance of the traditional and the contemporary. JP’s combined life and professional experiences culminated in Acqua Santa Tattoo, studios located in New York and Rio de Janeiro. Envisioned as a temple for all who have been touched by the art of tattoo, Acqua Santa is above all a place to create new memories, as vivid and lasting as if they had been inked onto one’s skin.