Mary Joy is a San Francisco based tattooist and artist. She studied classical and modern painting and drawing in San Francisco and at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence, Italy.
She has worked in several visual forms, including murals, printmaking, zines and sign painting.
She got her start as a tattooist from Ed Hardy in 2007 and has been tattooing at his shop, Tattoo City ever since. She specializes in traditional tattooing. She also tattoos in London, Paris, Milan and New York at conventions and other tattoo studios.
In addition to tattooing, she makes etchings, watercolor paintings and ballpoint pen drawings on antique handkerchiefs (paños).
Her tattooing and artistic interests focus on prison art, Victorian expression, classical art, mysticism and the occult. Her art has been exhibited in museums and galleries around the world.