Rio was born in Colorado in 1987, and first started tattooing at the age of 19. Through Rio’s use of bold lines and colors, themes of nature, science-fiction , history, spirituality, and surrealism are interwoven into the traditional American folk tattoo songbook. However, this artist’s true strengths lie in respect and empathy for the clients above all. As a youngster in the hardcore music community, Rio found friendship in the touring musicians they often played with, traveling frequently for gigs in other cities. Often feeling ostracized early on for being a queer tattooer, their work has an emphasis on LGBTQ+ identities and themes, with bright rainbows and sassy quotes often splashed across the skin of their clients. Their approach to tattoo involves ongoing consent and friendly, intuitive communication.