When did you start tattooing?
Do you have any special training?
After high school, I went to the military, as a medical laboratory technician. This helped me fully understand the medical side of safe tattooing. I continued my tattoo education by tattooing at random studios as a guest artist. The military helped me to be more organized, and pay attention to detail, of which are extremely important in tattooing. This is why I have taken such a liking to portaits.
Tell us about the style of your work?
black & grey,
What conventions do you usually work?
This Year, I worked Tattoolapalooza, St Louis Old School Tattoo Expo, Boston, Mario Barth's BTSOE, Texas Tattoo SHowdown EL Paso, DC Tattoo Expo, Fresno, Phunk n INK, Elemental Arts Tattoo Show..I change some Shows, 2012 isn't booked yet but I know I'll do DC, Boston,Las Vegas and Toronto for sure.
Where did you apprentice?
Fostoria Ohio, then later in Findlay Ohio after the military
How did you get into tattooing?
I originally walked into it by accident. In 1993 I had carried my art drawing tablet everywhere, it was always full of projects for art class and random doodles half-falling out of it. It must have stirred up some curiosity, as a friend’s step-dad asked to view it. He was the tattoo artist that I later apprenticed under. He first offered me $20 per drawing to draw for his custom clients, which quickly turned into an apprenticeship! I got Lucky. His name was Jim Bryan. After the military I continued to learn from Foot,when I got a job in Findlay Ohio, Earlier in my career, I followed tattoo magazines for inspiration, when I dealt with basic tattooing. Later, I looked to art, life, and photos for inspiration.
What inspires you as an artist?
Everything my own eyes can see. I get to see life and art, shades, contrasts and colors everyday of my life. I get inspired when others paint around me, and I also get inspired at shows whenever I see artists doing what they do. It gives me the itch.
What tattoo artist do you most admire?
I admire too many to count, In the black and grey world Felipe Lue,Robert Hernandez, SHane O Neil, Bob Tyrell, Big Gus, NIkko Hurtado... so many. Color artists Guy Aitchison,Alex De Pase, Nikko, Cecil Porter, Jeff Gogue, Nick Baxter, Mike Cole, once again too many to say.. I love alot of different artists' styles.
Have you tattooed any celebrities?
Before someone gets a tattoo, what advice do you give them?
Make sure it's forever. I want them to be an open book so I can really provide them with artwork, instead of just a tattoo. And I like them to really work with me, but ultimately trust me to give them an accurate portrayal of what the have expressed.
Is there anyone that you would like to tattoo?
My mom, Tom Hanks, Adam Sandler would be a great time, Danny Trejo, and Sly Stallone.
What kind of tattoos do you look forward to doing?
I look forward to doing anything that makes me expand my mind, and artistic capacity. I like to show emotion.
Is there a tattoo that you haven't done yet that you are dying to do?
It was a Star Wars Sleeve done in Color Realism. I'm actually doin it this friday!! I do have a few pieces I would like to replicate. I also Drew up a picture for a friend in Vegas, It was an alcoholism based piece. It was telling the story of how Alcoholism is a beautiful seductive temptress. But behind her is an unseen monster. She has four arms two of which are in sexy poses, the other two holding goblets pouring alcohol into the top of a man's head, which is shaped like a glass. He is grabbing the sides of his head, and screaming in agony as the alcohol pours from the sides of his mouth... It was a bit much at the time, but I was assured that I would get to do it next year sometime if I goto Germany.