When did you start tattooing?
Do you have any special training?
I completed an apprenticeship under Bryan Fawks, owner of Paragon Tattoo Studio in Duncansville, Pa.
What conventions do you usually work?
I've been doing the Meeting of the Marked in Pittsburgh for the last 4 years, I just started doing Tattoolapalooza in Miami in January and June. I'm doing the Kingpin Chicago and Baltimore conventions this year. I am doing the Skindustry expo in Allentown, Pa. again this year, and I've done the Scranton convention for a couple years now.
Where did you apprentice?
Paragon Tattoo Studio, in Duncansville, Pa.
How did you get into tattooing?
I got into tattooing after working a few different jobs and giving college a whirl. I've always loved art and tattoos, and I was looking for a hands-on way to make a living doing something I enjoy. Tattooing seemed like the only logical choice.
What inspires you as an artist?
Being around other artists, creative clients that have an open mind, nature, music, color, and just an overall desire for success.
What tattoo artist do you most admire?
Well, there are quite a few, but if I have to pick one, it's probably going to be Jeff Gogue.
Before someone gets a tattoo, what advice do you give them?
Make sure that they're going to a reputable artist. There are quite a few reputable studios around my area, but there are also quite a few, that are definitely not.
What kind of tattoos do you look forward to doing?
I enjoy doing bold colorful tattoos, photo-realistic tattoos, and almost photo-realistic tattoos with a twist. I also really enjoy doing neo-traditional tattoos, and neo-traditional with a new school twist. But really just anything big and original.
Is there a tattoo that you haven't done yet that you are dying to do?
I always have a few tattoos in my sketchbook that I'd like to do. I've been on an insect kick lately, so I've been real into tattooing beetles and moths and things like that.