What year did you start tattooing?
I started tattooing in the fall of 2006, when I turned 18.
How did you get into tattooing?
Most of my friends wanted designs for their tattoos and they asked me to draw something up for them. I saw lots of amazing work coming out of the neighborhood shop Studio Enigma, on Avenue U in Brooklyn. So I went over there for my first tattoo by Joe Khay and to pick his brain, and luckily he said the shop needed an apprentice, and that was my golden opportunity.
What first brought you to work at Bang Bang NYC?
I heard that they needed an artist, and since I had nothing to lose but everything to gain, I put in my work.
How do you describe your style?
Realism. I love capturing what I see and maybe I give it something extra or even take a little off. I’d say my style is closer to minimalism than to hyperrealism.
What inspires you as an artist?
Besides the amazing artists around me, I’d say New York City. I love what this city has to offer. I’ve heard nonstop people say how much energy this city has, and it’s true. It’s always moving; it gets me motivated.
What other mediums do you work in?
I love working with plain pencil to paper as much as acrylics, oils, charcoal, ballpoint pen, spray can— pretty much anything that helps me get my ideas out for the vision.
How is the tattoo scene in New York different than other places you’ve worked in?
What New York has to offer is foot traffic that never sleeps. There’s always movement and it never gets boring. I love walk-in tattoos as much as appointments; it’s like the yin and the yang.
What kind of tattoos do you look forward to doing?
I love religious imagery a lot. Most of the art that inspires me came from the Renaissance and the early modern period.
Is there a tattoo that you haven’t done yet that you are dying to do?
Too many to list, but right now I’d like to do a back piece of an old sailing ship, like a painting with the full scenery of the ocean and clouds.