Pain and Wonder Staff
Mike Groves came to Athens to attend UGA and stayed! He started at P & W in 2001, worked the front counter for two years and then begun his adventure as a tattooist. In 2008 Mike attended his first convention in Salt Lake City, UT and that opened up a whole new art opportunity for him. He now enjoys traveling around the country working at different tattoo and comic book/horror conventions selling his art work and stalking BSG actors.
Hey, I’m JP. I grew up in a small town in Southern California, I’ve been with Pain & Wonder for a little over 2 years. I grew up watching my dad paint and draw up comic books so naturally I was interested in art too. I became interested in tattooing after being surrounded by tattoo culture through being a musician for around 7 years. I already knew that I loved drawing and creating so I saw being a tattooer as way of doing what I love and being able to make a career out of it. My style is very much rooted in what influenced me as a kid, whether it be cartoons or comic books I try too blend pop art elements with some traditional tattoo elements but I still feel like I’m discovering and experimenting with new styles all the time.