Born on Christmas Day in Washington Heights, NY, Abel Mateo was destined to become an artist. Influenced by such artists as Bob Ross and Frank Frazetta, Abelstarted drawing at a very young age. At age 10, Abel‘s family moved to Ozone Park, Queens. At the age of 15 he started his apprenticeship at a local shop. When asked what got him started on tattooing, Abel says, “I didn’t choose this career, it chose me.”
At 16, Abel did his very first tattoo on himself with absolutely no supervision or permission as he was learning from other artists and techniques. Childhood friends of his remember that he was always sketching and painting to improve his phenomenal talent.