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Ina was born in Zapotiltic, a small town outside of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. She immigrated to the San Fernando Valley in California as a teenager. In her early twenties, knowing nothing about neon signs, Ina found work at the Neon Art company. Her first job was pumping gas into the glass tubes. Ina begged her boss to teach her how to bend glass. Despite his initial doubts because of Ina’s age, he agreed to let her train with a bender. 

Ina learned her craft so well that the bender took her with him when he changed jobs. Later, Ina was offered an interview to work as a neon bender for the Everbrite Company.