What year did you start tattooing: 2006
Do you have any special training: None extra. I had a sink or swim apprenticeship. It was very informal.
Tell us about the style of your work: I'm breaking into realism. I started out pretty much as a new school artist. So you can still see my roots showing even in a realistic piece. Old habits die hard. I have a more graphic approach to everything that I do. It's really bold and in your face with high saturation and power lines often. I'm a jack of all trades and can cover just about any style of tattooing. I specialize in Horror/movie portraits, new school, black and grey, Realism, cover ups, Bio mech, Bio organic and anything color.
Conventions usually worked: Although I'd love to do a bunch of conventions, I've only worked two. I've worked the ink life tour in Madison Wisconsin in 2013 and tattoo Fest in Florida in 2014
Where did you apprentice?: Under a friend in Janesville, WI At his shop Jaided Blue Tattoo. But like I mentioned, I hardly had an actually apprenticeship because my friend was only tattooing a few years himself at the time. I was just thrown into it.
What tattoo artist do you most admire: Nick Baxter. He's a beast and a giant inspiration. I have a list of many others. It's too hard to narrow it down to one with so many amazing artists out there.
Before someone gets a tattoo what advice do you give them?: Make sure you really want it. It's an investment. I may be stoked to put a certain piece on you. But when it's all said and done, YOU have to look at it for the rest of your life. You need to be happy as shit when you do see it every day of your life. Simple as that. No boyfriend/girlfriend names. I hate impulse tattoos like bird silhouettes and dandelions. I'll be brutally honest and tell you your infinity symbol is a bad idea and just because you swapped the word believe out for "hope" or whatever, doesn't make you original haha
How did you get into tattooing: I've always been a natural artist. Drawing for the most part. When I was a kid I collected xmen comics. But not to read them. If just sit for hours staring at the pictures and copying them while I was drawing. I found out a friend from school was tattooing in a shop in 2006 so I went to him for some work. We talked about me wanting to tattoo and how hard it was for me to get into an apprenticeship. None of the shops in my hometown were interested in taking on an apprentice so he had me come in a couple days later and I did my first one on my own thigh. No previous training whatsoever. I was a natural and I was hooked. He opened his own shop where he "apprenticed me" haha. I haven't looked back since!
What inspires you to be an artist: I love a challenge. I welcome all of them. I'm driven and hungry for more. I eat, sleep and breathe tattooing. My inspiration is constantly fed by my favorite artists. I stare at their work a lot. Trying to pick it apart and figure out techniques and effects.a great artist that I look up to one time told me to always stay humble. No matter how great you get. At the time I was picking his brain looking for advice and tips on technique so I felt a little jipped. But it grew on me over the years he was right. Once your head gets too big and you think you're the best, you stop growing and learning. I will never let that happen.
What kind of tattoos do you look forward to doing: More portrait work. Bio mech and organic. I still love a good new school piece too.
Is there a tattoo that you haven't done yet that you are dying to do: I'd love to do some movie themed sleeves. Like what Paul Acker does. That guy blows my mind. I cannot wait until I'm on that level.