MARS NEWS

 Laser Tattoo Removal at MARS Ink is NOW available. Pls contact Cyn,RN via Contact tab or at newskin@marsinktattoo.com to setup a consultation

MIKE'S BOOKS ARE CLOSED AS OF 10/14. HE DOES NOT DO SMALL TATTOOS, SCRIPT, LETTERING, FINE LINE NOR MICRO TATTOOS. ONLY TAKING LARGE SCALE FULL DAY PROJECTS (4+ HOURS). WHEN BOOKS REOPEN HE WILL CHARGE A DAY RATE AND NO LONGER HOURLY.

LALO'S BOOKS ARE OPEN. LARGE SCALE BLACK AND GRAY PHOTO REALISM PROJECTS ONLY. WILL CHARGE A DAY RATE IN 2023.

APPOINTMENT ONLY! CONSULTATIONS ALSO REQ APPT



 

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🚫 NO WALK-INS
🚫 NO ARTIST HERE THAT DOES SMALL TATTOOS

🚫PLS DON'T BRING A GUEST. LIMITED SPACE
🚫WE DO NOT TATTOO FINGERS, HANDS, FACES, NOR NECKS
🚫WE DO NOT TATTOO ANTI-CHRIST, DEMONIC, OR SEXUALLY EXPLICIT IMAGERY
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WELCOME TO

MARS INK TATTOO STUDIO

 
ALL CUSTOM DRAWN TATTOOS.
    APPOINTMENT ONLY. 
 

Welcome to the Red Planet! MARS Ink was once a distant dream that turned into a successful reality by 2 individuals who were passionate about art and tattoos, Mike and Cynthia. We are a clean, humble, and friendly tattoo studio. We truly care about our clients, and take the time to listen to their wants and stories behind each piece to make sure we exceed clients expectations from sketch to skin. Our studio does not tattoo faces, necks, hands nor fingers. We have a responsibility to our community and the youth who don't have their careers secured to be getting face tattoos. It is our company policy and you don't have to agree. We are not driven by the dollar. We are driven by passion, purpose, healing and helping. Contact us today. Let's collaborate and bring your tattoo ideas to life.

 

 

 

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Celebrating 6 years in business as of 2/6/2022

 
 

MIKE AVENO

TATTOO ARTIST/CO-FOUNDER

I create, therefore, I am. I was born and raised in the Bay Area. Art is and always has been my passion. I am a former graffiti artist. My dream of owning a tattoo shop came true in Feb 2016 with Cynthia.

I am being selective of the tattoo projects that come my way. I want to focus more on my style of art and have the freedom and enjoyment to create pieces. I prefer color work, whip shading and geometric styles of tattooing. I am focused on larger scale projects only.  I would love to hear your tattoo ideas and reinvent your skin to tell your story.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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CYN aka "BOSS LADY"

CO-FOUNDER/SHOP MANAGER/LASER NURSE

Society tends to stereotype against people with tattoos. I want to break those stereotypes. People with tattoos come from all walks of life. We at MARS Ink are God fearing, educated, professionals and entrepreneurs who put our FAITH & FAMILY FIRST.

I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Business, and I'm also a Registered Nurse. Since 2011, I've envisioned myself someday working and owning my own laser tattoo removal clinic along side a tattoo studio. I wanted to help my community get a fresh start on tattoo regrets or job hindrances. I am partnered with an amazing non-profit, New Skin Tattoo Removal, and now have my own pop-up laser removal clinic in our MARS Ink studio.  

 

My business savvy and Mike's talents along with our PASSION for art & tattoos were the perfect combo to open our own tattoo studio in our hometown of San Jose, CA. Welcome to MARS Ink!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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LALO VELASQUEZ

TATTOO ARTIST

Specializes in black and gray photo realism/portrait tattoos.

Been drawing since childhood.

Hometown: Gilroy, CA.  

MEET THE TEAM 

 

GALLERY

 

Mike Aveno

Color-Geometric-Whip Shading

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Lalo Velasquez Jr.

Black & Gray Photo Realism

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INSIDE THE STUDIO

 

 

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BEFORE LANDING ON MARS

1) Please bring a valid photo ID w/ proof of age to your appointment. This is required. 

*NO I.D. = NO TATTOO! NO EXCEPTIONS!!!*

CALIFORNIA LAW: YOU MUST BE 18 YEARS OLD TO LEGALLY GET A TATTOO

NO PARENTAL CONSENT ALLOWED IN CA

2) 🚷NO GUESTS ALLOWED.  

 

3) 🚫We love small children but tattoo shops are NOT the place for them due to safety reasons. We work with sharp needles and a high exposure to blood borne pathogens.

 

4)  🍗We highly recommend that you eat a nutritious meal before your appointment to prevent fainting/low blood sugar during your tattoo

5) Shave the area to be tattooed to help your artist out by saving time

 

6) ☀️We CANNOT tattoo SUNBURNED skin! It is strongly advised to keep the area you will be getting tattooed out of the sun for 4 weeks. IF you arrive on your appointment date with freshly sunburned skin or in it's pealing phase, we will have to reschedule your tattoo appointment. 

 

7) 🚗Parking is free. Bring your parallel parking skills with you bc we only have street parking.

Thank you for choosing MARS Ink! We look forward to seeing you on your appointment date! 

 

*If you need to cancel or reschedule, please get in touch with your artist ASAP!

***DEPOSITS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE***

 

TATTOO AFTERCARE

 

 

  1. Remove wrap after 1 hour.

    1. DO NOT RE-BANDAGE TATTOO!​​

  2. Gently wash with UNSCENTED soap and water.

  3. Apply thin layer of ointment (Aquaphor) in rice-sized increments for first 3 days. Very light sheen over tattoo.

    1. DO NOT OVERSATURATE TATTOO!​

  4. After 3 days, switch to an UNSCENTED lotion (Aveeno).

  5. Tattoo will scab. Allow it to fall off naturally in shower

    1. DO NOT PICK/PEEL SCAB OFF!​

  6. Tattoo will itch.

    1. SLAP IT! DO NOT SCRATCH IT!​

  7. Avoid direct sunlight & tanning booths for 2 weeks.

  8. Avoid swimming in pools, lakes & oceans. 

  9. Avoid soaking in bath/jacuzzi/hot tubs/sauna for 2 weeks

  10. Avoid excess sweating and working out for 5 days

  11. Wear SPF30 sunblock after 2 weeks to protect life of tattoo

  12. Signs & Symptoms of INFECTION including but NOT limited to: severe redness, swelling, tenderness of the procedure site, red streaks going from the procedure site towards the heart, elevated body temperature, or purulent drainage from the procedure site. Discharge from site may be green in color & foul in odor. __ *SEEK IMMEDIATE MEDICAL CARE IF ANY SIGNS OR SYMPTOMS OF INFECTION DEVELOP​. Also notify Tattoo Studio of the problem and treatment plan by physician.

 

Do you need to remove or lighten
an old tattoo?

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NOW OPEN!
Pop-Up Clinic inside our studio

New Skin Tattoo Removal program is a non-profit that removes visible tattoos at a low cost for adults that may hinder them from gainful employment and a peace of mind lifestyle.

CONTACT US

 

 
ADDRESS

 

1884 W. San Carlos St., San Jose, CA 95128

 Shop Line:  669-342-7101 

TEXT ONLY: 408-508-9130

marsinktattoo@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

HOURS

 

Monday: CLOSED

Tuesday - Saturday: 12pm - 5pm (BY APPT ONLY)
Sunday: CLOSED

 

 

 

 

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