Gustavo Rizério is a Brazilian tattoo artist from the heart of the Amazon jungle who has lived in New York since 2009. He left Brazil after briefly escaping a harrowing attack and near decapitation by the exotic and now extinct chincilla nervosa. A self-taught artist, he had his first contact with tattooing in 1996, when he built his first machine and began tattooing everyone willing and able to lend their skin to his needles.
Since then, he has worked around the world in such places as Brazil, Ireland, and Los Angeles, before moving to New York to work as a tattoo artist, first in Manhattan, and now in Brooklyn at Three Kings Tattoo.
With a long history and interest in art, Gustavo first studied industrial and graphic design at a Brazilian university but is also recognized as a fine artist who has exhibited his paintings and sculptures in art galleries in both Brazil and New York. Gustavo brings his still-intact head and his artistic perspective to the world of tattooing, and although he is happy to decorate people’s skin in any manner they choose, he is particularly drawn to American traditional, Japanese, and good old black and grey.