When did you start tattooing?
Tell us about the style of your work?
black & grey
What conventions do you usually work?
Massachusetts Tattoo & Art Festival
Boston Tattoo Convention
Baltimore Tattoo Arts Convention
Where did you apprentice?
Abbreviated apprenticeship at Art Club Tattoo in New Milford, CT 06776
How did you get into tattooing?
Before I started tattooing I dabbled in a few different arts. I felt completely lost as an artist. My epiphany moment occurred when I was describing my concept for my second tattoo to my artist hoping he could direct me to a flash book. A light bulb lit up when he informed me that he could draw it. Prior to that day I always thought people had to choose from “off the wall” flash art. From there I directed my art into a more tattooable style. I then had an abbreviated apprenticeship but I am basically self-taught.
What inspires you as an artist?
I am always searching for ways to improve. I study great tattoos and try and break them down. I go to conventions and watch other artists work. You can learn a lot from getting tattoos from great artists. I tend to gravitate towards artists that have been able to separate themselves from the masses. I want enthusiasts to recognize my style and know that a tattoo is one of mine before they see or hear my name.
What tattoo artist do you most admire?
I find inspiration and motivation by the works of Scotty Munster, Timmy B, Jeff Ensminger, Tofi, Christian Perez, Casey Anderson, Jeremy Miller and Evan Olin to name a very select few.
Have you tattooed any celebrities?
Before someone gets a tattoo, what advice do you give them?
I think that client education is key. At my shop as well as all good shops we try and educate clients on the risks and benefits of choosing a shop. The right shop will have your best interest at heart. We want you to most importantly stay healthy and get the best tattoo for you. If a good artist tells you that your concept or design isn’t tattooable listen to them. Many times a client will keep asking the same question until a less experienced artist finally gives them the answer they wanted to hear.
Is there anyone that you would like to tattoo?
Rob Zombie would be cool but Guy already has him covered. On a serious note, I enjoy tattooing other tattooers. They are my celebrities.
What kind of tattoos do you look forward to doing?
I would describe my natural style as a cross between new school and neo-traditional. I use heavy line weights and dynamic light sources to create depth. My work is bold and bright. I also enjoy doing realism. I tend to work almost exclusively in color, although I feel that my black and grey realism is fairly strong.
Is there a tattoo that you haven't done yet that you are dying to do?
Not really. I just want to do more tattoos in my own natural style.