In 2002, Nikko stepped into Art Junkies Tattoo Studio in Hesperia to see his friend Mike, who had been tattooing for a while, and offered Nikko an apprenticeship. The only experience Nikko had with tattoos was the gang or prison tattoos he had seen on friends and family. He didn’t even have a tattoo himself. Regardless, the next day Nikko picked up a machine and started tattooing soon after.
“I had always wanted to art for a living and was soo happy that it happened so organically,” says Nikko. “It was like tattooing chose me.”