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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.

After visiting several conventions throughout the years and attending seminars, Abel‘s learning process accelerated as he picked up on new techniques and the latest equipment (i.e. FK Irons, Spektra Halo) used today.  Currently, Abel‘s favorite styles to use include black and gray, Polynesian tribal, Japanese , animal realism, comic and portraits.
“I approach life and tattooing in the same aspects as a samurai.  My only goal is to grow and move forward.”
Abel has shared his talents in different parts of the United States, such as San Diego, California, Atlanta, Georgia, upstate New York and South Florida where he lived for three years. In 2010, Abel opened up his own shop – Juggernaut Ink Tattoo  in Ridgewood, Queens. In 2017 at the invite of Made Rich and Dtatstar he closed up shop to go work at THINK BEFORE YOU INK located at 167-16 Hillside Ave Jamaica NY and has been growing there ever since.  When he is not working, painting or drawing, Abel is a full time single father spending time and raising his two handsome, young sons and living a healthy life by working out regularly and eating clean.
Inspired by beautiful women, music and the artistic vibes shared by many other artists and genres, Abel has, “always had a passion for tattoos and their artists.   It’s an awesome responsibility and a true honor for me to be trusted with. I consider it a blessing. Tattooing is always going to be a learning experience that I will never want to quit.”