Higher ground tattoo was established by Nick and Justin Giordano in 2016 with help from their longtime friend and business mentor Todd Coughlin.
Born and raised in Las Vegas, Nick and Justin grew up seeing their father’s paintings and hearing his friends rehearsing their original grunge music in the shanty garage of their first home. Art has always come naturally to the Giordano brothers and tattooing has provided a challenging and rewarding outlet for them to continually learn from and contribute to.
Justin was attracted to tattooing at a young age and eventually got his first full apprenticeship with Rick Trip at Trip ink in Las Vegas on Dean Martin and Tropicana.
Nick was pushing carts working at Costco one scorching mid summer day in 2015, when Justin drove up alongside him with an ear to ear grinning smile. When asked why he was smiling, Justin said, "goinnn to tha tattoo shop brahhh!" This was a remarkable moment of realization for Nick and the beginning of a new life where writing lyrics to original songs on cardboard in between multiple part time jobs and drawing on everything that pen and paint adhere to eventually transformed into a soul satiating careers.