Mark is a life-long artist who was a patron of tattoo before he started tattooing. He dedicates most of his creative energy to tattooing, which he sees as an ancient, sacred art form that is among the highest forms of art.
Jusmark began tattooing in Maui in 2002. He did a formal apprenticeship with Nancy Valerio at Island Ink, Maui’s #1 shop at the time. He worked in Maui for several years and learned solid technical skills doing “regular” tattooing at a tourist shop. He then moved to Napa, California with his family and worked at Black Saints (Monkey Wrench’s street shop) in Santa Rosa, California. When his family needed a change, Mark and his wife Anna relocated to the small town of Truckee, in the Tahoe National Forest. There wasn’t a tattoo shop where he could work in 2006, so he opened Truth Tattoo directly behind the main strip in downtown Truckee.
Award-winning tattoo artist Jusmark has been meeting the custom tattoo needs of Lake Tahoe for the past 6 years at Truth Tattoo in Truckee, California. The relaxed atmosphere of his private studio – an oasis with custom art, plants, and a fountain – reflects his life-long appreciation for art and his commitment to his clients’ experience.
The shop had several different faces since Mark established it, but he feels that a private studio best creates a unique environment where clients feel comfortable and collaborative. Mark enjoys working with people who take their tattoos as seriously as he does. Truth Tattoo is not a walk-in “tattoo shop.” Jusmark’s clients say that their time with him at his studio is inspiring.