How did you get started tattooing? I would have to say, probably from my Rock n Roll mother, which has been tattooed since she was 15 and is heavily tattooed today. My interest to create has always been there. As a kid, I drew, sculpted, etched, and loved woodworking. The interest to tattoo was sparked when I was a teenager traveling/moving with my mom to Alaska. We stopped at a tattoo shop in Washington, and it was there I fell in love with the idea of being a tattoo artist. Its a bummer I dont remember the name of that shop...
What do you do when you are not tattooing? I try and live as fruitful as possible. I travel and love to make art regularly. I own and manage Art Realm, so there's always irons in the fire with the studio and gallery.
If you could describe your style, what would it be? I love intense and highly rendered imagery. I enjoy complex colorwork AND black & grey. My tattoos tend to be form fitting and detailed. I like styles from abstract to photo realism, I'm always experimenting with new ideas. Some have said my tattoos have a painterly effect.
What is the biggest influence on your work? Life, Death, Nature, Space, Existence.
Where were you born? I was born in Whitney, Tx & raised in Hillsboro. Tx.
How did you get started tattooing? Got my foot in the door at a street shop in Waco, Tx. That's where I started my apprenticeship. I've spent the last 16 years as a professional tattoo artist. BEST TRADE EVER!!!
What do you enjoy doing when you're not tattooing? Hanging out with my amazing daughters & family. I also enjoy painting, drawing, nature walks, & exploring local taco joints. Let's not forget defending the earth from intergalactic beings, hell bent on destroying all that is good!
If you could describe your style, what would it be? I just love art in general. Realism, abstract, oil painting, watercolor. I try to do everything I can not just one style.
Who is the biggest influence on your style? All ancient art: Maya, Aztec, Egyptian, Japanese, etc. Dali, Shige, Filip Leu.
How did you get started tattooing? I have been drawing since I was 8 and the natural progression of my art led me to paint with acrylics in my early 20's. I have always loved tattoos and tattooing seemed like the next step for me. I found my mentor, Michael Norris in 2013 and had my tattoo apprenticeship from 2014-2015
What do you enjoy doing when you're not tattooing? I love to draw and paint, as well as cycling, camping, hiking and recently started rock climbing.
If you could describe your style, what would it be? I do a lot of geometric dot-work tattoos and am also getting into neo-traditional. Recently, I have been combining those two styles. I love to mix organic subject matter with geometric shapes.
Who is the biggest influence on your style? I get inspired from all sorts of artists and tattooists but Emily Rose Murray is one that I regularly learn from.
Where were you born? I was born in Jacksonville, NC 1982.
How did you get started tattooing? I started my apprenticeship in April '06 in Wilmington, NC. I didn't actually learn much at all in my apprenticeship. The guy ended up getting kicked out of the shop around the time I started actually tattooing people. At that time I'd learned how to set up his machine and how to make a stencil; that's about it. With help from some other artists in my town, asking a lot of questions, a ton of research, and a lot of trial and error I was able to figure out enough to do a nice tattoo, but it took forever! Not the way I'd recommend going about it. I ended up quitting tattooing altogether from 2008-2012 because of it. I got started again in Chicago in 2012. That's when I really started making strides toward being the artist I am now And here I am.
What do you enjoy doing when you're not working? Outside of tattooing, I like working with my hands. I like to work on vintage motorcycle and cars. I hope to get a 64 impala sometime in the next couple of years to starting restoring. I do a bit of lapidary in my spare time as well as graphic design and web design. I have my hand in a ton of stuff. I've been a musician since I was 13 and have played in several bands over the years but gave it up mostly for visual art. I still play guitar/sing every couple of weeks with a worship band in Round Rock.
If you could describe your style, what would it be? My style could mostly be described as illustrative. I like to do things very close to realistic, but with a solid line to hold it together and exaggerated proportions to give depth. I pretty much only do color tattoos, though I have been known to do some black work or a mandala here and there. Lots of flowers and animals would be my personal first choice.
Who is the biggest influence on your style? Style-wise I'd have to say I'm a big fan of James and Anthony Tex at Deadly Tattoos in Calgary, Aniela Dahlgren (fruduva), Myriam Lupini, Lukasz (Bam) Kaczmarek, Elliot Wells, Sam Clark, Matt Lambdin, and this list could go on forever.