James Monteiro

James Monteiro
Tattoo artist

Born and raised in Toronto.

The Portuguese community here in the early 90s wasn’t too open about tattoos. But now their kids are getting their mom’s portrait. Their mom’s love it… If you’re a Portuguese kid and you want your parents to love something, get your dad’s favourite soccer team on you. He will think he is the coolest tattoo you could get – James Monteiro.

Far away from rural Serra da Estrela, where his parents left in 1981, James has been tattooing Torontonians of various backgrounds since 2005, including many Portuguese clients. This tattoo artist grew his love of drawing during his many trips to Portugal as a child. He later decided to turn his passion into a career, in part prompted by one teacher’s stereotypical expectations for working class Portuguese-Canadian boys.


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