Meet our artists
Josh Carter - Artist & Owner
A professional tattooer with over 20 years experience, Josh started tattooing at the age of 19 in Los Angeles, California around 1997. Early in his career, he worked in high volume street shops. Including places like Venice Beach and Hollywood Boulevard before transitioning into a more custom design oriented path. After a few years of exploring different genres of tattooing, Josh finally settled on making Japanese style tattooing his primary focus. View Josh’s portfolio here.
Jon Garber - Owner & Artist
After 15 years in the industry and over 20 years as an artist, I wanted to open a shop that would exceed clients expectations. Everyone is treated with the utmost respect and given a tattoo they can be proud of. My style is classic Americana or traditional. Simplistic yet expressive with bold outlines and a limited color palette, my designs are representative of tattoos from the 1800's. Strength and timelessness are captured in my pieces.
Devin Bennett - Tattoo Artist
My focus is on black and grey tattooing. I try to create a feeling of form, emotional atmosphere, and refinement in my projects with fine attention to detail in each stage of the working process. For me, the most important aspect of my art is maintaining mental presence throughout the working process, and cultivating a sense of circumspection.
Fernando Mardo - Artist
Fernando “Fern” Mardo is an accomplished artist and tattooer who specializes in the American Traditional style. Before beginning his tattoo career 9 years ago, Fernando spent 12 years of his youth focused on perfecting his craft of graffiti and painting trains.Fernando enjoys traveling the world, the perfect pair of Vans, and being as meticulously clean as Danny Tanner! Fernando is available to help you accomplish your tattoo vision. View Fern’s portfolio here …
Leo Galaz - Artist
My name is Leopoldo “Creep Reaper”Galaz. As a first generation American, I grew up heavily influenced by Chicano art. My tattoos are a mix of bold black work and intricate fine line. Born and raised in Mesa, Arizona the son of two immigrant parents, Mexican culture is all I knew. Hip hop and hardcore punk rock were later introduced into my life and is how I was first introduced to tattoo culture. I got my first tattoo at the tender age of 17, straight edge x’s down the side of my leg, I was hooked. I started my tattoo career in early 2018 here at Dame of the West under the tutelage of my mentors and shop owners Jon Garber and Josh Carter.
Morgan Gatekeeper - Artist
My name is Morgan Gatekeeper, I’m an Arizona native who’s had the pleasure of tattooing for a little over 6 years. I specialize in both large and small scale geometric work as well as various floral tattoos. I’ve always grown up being nurtured as an artist and am well versed in several different mediums so my transition into the tattoo world was very natural at a young age. I attended the Art Institute of Colorado prior to beginning my journey as a tattooer. I continuously strive to give my clients the best experience possible on both a design and comfort level.
Joshua James - Artist
Originally from Palm Beach Florida I made the move to Arizona at a young age where I was quickly inspired by graphic novels, comics, and character concept art. I began drawing and painting at a young age and began tattooing in the UK in 2016. I love neotraditional, traditional, and ornamental styles of tattooing but am always looking to learn and grow in my craft.
I love occult imagery, and was heavily inspired by the art of Todd McFarlane and the spawn series at a young age. Manga, anime, and gaming inspired my art over the years and I am always up for referencing them in tattoo form. I look forward to honing my skills with everyone here at Dame of the West for the foreseeable future.