David “Izzy” Irizarry, a California native, began his tattoo career in high school, using a permanent marker to draw tattoos on the swim team before their meets. He had always loved to draw, creating comics from an early age, but never thought art could be a full time career. After his time in the Marine Corps, Izzy spent years going to college during the day and learning to tattoo at night.
When he graduated from college, he worked at a corporate job but loved tattooing so much that he decided to pursue it as a full time career. In 2008 he opened his own shop in Modesto, California. He continued to learn and grow as a tattooer and an artist, traveling extensively to guest spot and learn from a variety of accomplished tattoo artists. During that time, Izzy rarely turned down a tattoo idea in an effort to force himself to grow and become adept at tattooing in a wide range of styles.