Meet JonBoy: The tattoo artist who’s tattooed Justin Bieber and lots of different celebrities


New York Town-based tattoo artist, Jonathan “JonBoy” Valena, made his first Canadian look at Yorkdale Buying groceries Centre’s CONCEPT house in Toronto on July 27 and 28.

JonBoy is well known for his high-profile clientele together with stars corresponding to Justin Bieber, Travis Barker, Kendall Jenner, Hailey Stanley Baldwin, Liam Payne and Zayn Malik.

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A few of his maximum well known paintings is Jenner’s internal lip tattoo and Bieber’s go tattoo close to his eye.

Credit score: Kendall Jenner / Instagram

JonBoy has over part 1,000,000 Instagram fans and 17 years within the tattooing career. He’s created a marketplace that turns minimalistic, nice line tattoos into a well-liked taste that many of us need inked on their frame.

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JonBoy held a pop-up store in Toronto the place he spent the afternoon assembly enthusiasts and providing a restricted collection of tattoo classes thru giveaways with Yorkdale.

Lovers had been in a position to select a tattoo from the flash card (under) and get the risk to satisfy the fame tattoo artist all over his first ever seek advice from to Toronto.

Many enthusiasts started to line up at 6 a.m. on July 27 for a possibility to satisfy the tattooist, who started tattooing and greeting enthusiasts at four p.m. that afternoon.

JonBoy spoke to International Information on July 28 on the CONCEPT pop-up store in Toronto, the place he described his enjoy of tattooing Bieber, what his appointment wait record seems like and a lot more perception into the sector of tattooing celebrities.

International Information: How did you get into tattooing?

JonBoy: I think like tattooing discovered me as a result of at first I had long past to seminary. I believed I used to be going to be a early life pastor and I believed I used to be going to be preaching to the early life and ‘let’s cross’ however God had different plans. Seventeen years later, I in finding myself doing this and I think like that is my function on the earth.

Are you able to give an explanation for the method of tattooing a star?

I imply, it’s similar to tattooing somebody else. Ensuring that they really feel comfy, ensuring that you just handle any questions that they’ve, ensuring that you just design the easiest tattoo and get the location proper. And execute it with self assurance.

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So there’s now not a distinction between tattooing a star and an on a regular basis consumer?

No, to me there isn’t simply because I deal with everybody the similar. From the anonymous to the well-known, I’m going to regard you favor a star. Every so often it’s nerve-wracking to be like, ‘oh guy Hailey [Baldwin]’s image is on a large billboard or Bella Hadid, so that you higher ensure that once they’re photographed that that tattoo appears to be like flawless.’

The primary superstar you tattooed was once Hailey [Baldwin], how did you’re feeling whilst you did that?

It was once cool, it was once an honour. It was once her first tattoo and she or he was once 18. I didn’t be expecting her to proceed to get tattooed and what’s it, like 53 tattoos later (joking), she’s nonetheless getting tattooed. She’s superior, we all know each and every different from church and she or he’s a legend. She’s dominating at the moment, she’s this type of bombshell and I’m pleased with her.

I’ve to invite, as a Canadian, how was once tattooing Justin Bieber? 

Oh guy, it was once a dream as a result of I’m a fan so I used to be sitting there like, ‘wow simply final night time I used to be [sitting in the] nosebleeds on the Barclay Heart and now your face is true right here and I’m about to tattoo your face.’ So it was once neat. In fact, I used to be like ‘oh guy, I higher now not mess this up. That is J.B., I can’t break this good-looking guy’s face.’ So I made positive that it was once absolute best.

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How was once his ache tolerance?

He was once just right. If anything else he can have sat for hours, that tattoo took like seven mins or one thing like that. It was once a handy guide a rough tattoo for him. I imply, it was once neat there was once one thing past getting that tattoo. It was once neat as it was once in the course of his Goal excursion and I noticed how drained he was once and simply tired and I requested him, ‘are we able to pray sooner than we do that tattoo?’ And we did and he’s simply been crushing it. I proceed to hope for the fellow and it’s so neat seeing him simply putting out with our pastors and selecting the proper trail. It’s now not simple for a man like that to do the correct factor however he’s surrounding himself with just right corporate and just right folks.

What’s your craziest superstar tattoo tale?

I tattooed Submit Malone and he were given the phrase ‘no matter’ at the palm of his hand. As I’m tattooing it, completing it up, crossing the ‘A,’ I understand that I had simply crossed the ‘V’ in ‘no matter.’ I’m like ‘oh guy that is embarrassing, this man’s going to whoop my a**.’ I’m like ‘alright Posty, I’ll see ya later.’ He calls me the following day and he’s like, ‘you’re coming thru this night?’ and I’m like ‘uhhh he’s going to kick my a**.’ I got here thru and he was once like ‘yo guy, I in point of fact like what you probably did with that ‘V’, crossing that ‘V.’ You in point of fact took your creative liberty in this tattoo.’ So it was once humorous, we nonetheless chortle about it. I really like Submit Malone, this type of down-to-earth cool dude who likes to drink Budweiser.

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How did you expand your signature tattoo taste?

I gave it a possibility, I gave it a shot. In the beginning was once afraid of it. In the beginning, I’d say that I couldn’t do anything else that small or that fine-line detailed and the extra that I did it, the extra folks had been getting it. Now with social media enjoying an enormous function in my publicity and my luck. The extra folks see it, the extra individuals are like ‘wow I may just see myself doing that.’ The most efficient praise is when individuals are like ‘guy I’d have by no means considered getting tattooed till I checked out your web page and noticed that tattoos can seem like that.’ It’s neat with the ability to do those little micro tattoos. They appear to be little equipment, so discrete, subtle, nonetheless attractive and significant.

With the recognition of tattoo truth displays like Bondi Ink on Netflix and Black Ink Staff on VH1, would you ever see your self having your individual truth display like that?

I don’t know, I imply, if folks in finding my existence fascinating sufficient, I assume. However I’m now not right here to hunt out any roughly reputation or anything else like that. I’d almost definitely glance humorous on TV or sound humorous on TV. However I’m all the time open. Anywhere existence would possibly take me, I’m going to be proper there.

What does the wait record seem like to get an appointment with you?

I do know I’m now not taking any new purchasers. However that’s why I do those pop-ups, to present folks a chance to be tattooed by way of me and it’s superb that individuals display up. For me, it’s an honour that you’d inquire from me to tattoo you so it’s so onerous for me to mention no to folks. However there’s best such a lot of days in per week so it’s tricky to in point of fact accommodate everybody.

[This interview has been edited and condensed.]

Watch the interview with International Information’ Nationwide On-line Leisure Reporter, Katie Scott, and JonBoy within the video above.

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