Maria has been drawing on paper and herself since she was a child. She was always drawing bugs and the animals her cats brought in the house, much to the chagrin of her mother. Hoping to have a career in art, she went to USF to pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree. Going to college for art ended up having the adverse effect of killing her creativity, but her love for art history and getting tattoos kept the passion alive. Becoming a tattoo artist was the obvious choice, leading to an apprenticeship at Visionary Ink.