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Meet Joseph Barrios

Today we’d like to introduce you to Joseph Barrios.

Joseph, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
My name is Joseph Matthew Barrios. I am a 30-year-old business owner now living in Las Vegas. I’m originally from Whittier California where I spent most of my life. While living in Whittier I was heavily into graffiti and my neighborhood culture, after several court cases and several months in jail I was transplanted to Las Vegas. When I first moved out here I was a street performer on Las Vegas Blvd. performing in front of tourists for tips. I did spray paint art on posterboard and made all types of landscapes by request.

Eventually, I found myself into a tattoo apprenticeship and juggling street performing at the same time, nowadays I own my tattoo shop with a 10 man crew, most of them originally from California with a similar story. I am part of few donations and I have a non-profit which donates to breast cancer survivors. In my non-profit, I provide nipple repigmentation for survivors who have had their breast removed. And zero cost for the procedure. I’ve been doing procedures in both Pasadena and Las Vegas. I am Very family oriented, my family lives in May wood California.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Like anything, it’s always hard in the beginning. Trying to gather momentum is usually a struggle, but like anything, consistency is first. My businesses are all founded by my own cash I’ve saved over the years, no partners no loans and no investors.

The discipline to keep saving was the real struggle, especially once you start saving up a very decent amount of money and realize you have other options. But you always need to remember why you started and keep your eyes on your goals. Nowadays things aren’t always smooth, but I have a lot more experience than I did in the beginning.

We’d love to hear more about your work.
My business is Crown of thorns tattoo Company in Las Vegas. We are a tattoo studio and art gallery. We pride ourselves in delivering quality work in all styles but we are known for our realism. I also have my own personal nonprofit where I help breast cancer survivors and there struggles getting new nipples in a cost-effective way since most insurance companies do not cover nipple re-pigmentation.

I do the procedure with my nonprofit 100% free as donation to women who survive cancer and have already had to deal with enough. I’m very proud of my tattoo shop as well because we give back and donate and are very involved in our local Community. I believe what sets us apart is how well business minded we are at a young age, we know when to make money and we know when to give back to people who might need help.

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
I personally define success as more of a legacy. I feel like the successes are found in the end when it’s all over and you’re only a memory. While you’re living you are you’re still capable of more, you can always grow more, earn more and most importantly, help more. I think you should definitely have personal goals to grow and try to be the best version of you that you can always be but I think people will always remember how you make them feel and how you help them or teach them or even scold them lol.

As an artist, I would just like to see my artwork reach as far around the planet as I can get. Just make an impact in everyone you meet. The houses businesses cars etc are nice and all but none of it matters when we meet our maker. I’m always trying to earn God’s currency, he’s the one always watching.

Contact Info:

  • Address: 4235 S. Fort Apache Rd. unit 140 Las Vegas, NV 89147
  • Phone: 7022474455
  • Email:
  • Instagram: Joseph_Barrios_Tattoo

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  1. Lisa Marie

    March 26, 2022 at 23:14

    Your the best rose tattoo artist I’ve ever seen. Your roses bloom

  2. Vanessa Ramos

    May 8, 2022 at 04:30

    Hello. I’m interest in getting 2 tattoos. I was hoping to get them done tomorrow. I want my sons name and my daughter name in a thin writing on my left and right arm near my wrist. My number is 702-701-2552

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