Featured Artist: Art Issue 2017
Inked: How did you get into tattooing?
I grew up skateboarding, listening to punk rock and metal—tattoos were everywhere. In junior high and high school, I was quite obsessed with tattoo art and started designing tattoos for myself and for friends. I even drew freehand designs on people for lunch money with markers and pens. After awhile, people started encouraging me to learn how to tattoo. So, while studying fine art in college, I started learning how to tattoo by getting tattoos from and watching some great local artists like Nathan Esteras, Marco Gomez and others. I was hooked. It took me a couple of years to get decent and decide to do it fulltime because I was still in school and didn't know that I could actually make a career out of it.