With about two decades of tattooing experience under his belt, Jeremiah Barba is making a name for himself around the world.

Beyond winning over 50 awards from respected tattoo conventions all over the U.S. and in other countries, Barba’s artfully detailed and elaborate designs have appeared in magazines and on Sullen Art Collective t-shirts around the globe. As one of the top artists in the industry for lifelike skulls, demons, monsters, and everything else entailing the darker side of the art form, Barba’s private Conclave Art Studio in Sunset Beach, California has become a destination for tattoo collectors looking to add something both beautiful and a little creepy to their body.

But while Barba may be best known for tattoos based out of nightmares, his ability to meld biomechanical and surreal elements into his artwork is ultimately what makes him stand out time and time again. Each tattoo blends the type of artistic precision and detail usually found only on the walls of the finest museums with a unique spin that fans of both classic and modern horror can appreciate.

Of course, anything but world-class tattoos would be a disappointment considering his historic tattoo pedigree. Barba’s mom, tattooing pioneer Kari Barba, gave him the top-notch tattooing education and training he needed to work with the best in the business at her Outer Limits Tattoo shops in Orange and Long Beach – the oldest running tattoo shop in America.

“I always felt like I had to live up to my last name,” Barba says. “A lot of people would try to just coast on their last name. For me, it opened the door, but I put my foot in it. The tattoo community always made me earn it. My peers told me what was good and what was bad.”

From there, the second-generation tattooer had the pleasure of learning and working with the very best horror-based tattoo artists in the world at Paul Booth’s Last Rites Tattoo Theatre in New York City.

As if Booth and his mother hadn’t taught Barba enough about tattooing, Conclave Art Studio is located mere walking distance from the legendary Rick Walters’ tattoo shop. Considering Walters’ stature in the tattoo community and his involvement in Barba’s mother purchasing her historic Long Beach tattoo shop – where Walters worked and managed for 25 years before the sale – it’s like working down the street from a grandparent. But that familial feeling has always been a part of tattooing for Barba, and it likely always will be.

“My mom has been tattooing since I was two years old, so I really grew up in it,” Barba says. “I’ve been around it my whole life ever since I was running around the shop as a little kid,  so I take the whole tattoo world pretty personally.

When he’s not tattooing, Barba’s life revolves around his wife, Jaime, and his own daughters, Mia and Berlin.