People tend to struggle with what they want to be when they grow up. I was lucky enough to know what I was going to be, seeing as I used to draw my toys instead of play with them. Everything from this point on all seemed to share one common aspect: art. From playing the drums to designing artwork for businesses to using ink and a needle on people, art has been a part of my life. Simply put: art is my life.
I began participating in art shows and winning awards as early as middle school and I've taken almost every art class that's been offered; music, photography, painting, drawing, etc. With this, I began designing artwork for skateboards, clothing, and local companies in my hometown of Boston, MA.
Around 2001, I had to choose between my two passions: playing the drums, which I had done since elementary school, or pursuing a career in the tattoo industry. Obviously I chose tattooing. After working at a few tattoo shops, I received a proper apprenticeship under Khoa Nguyen of Skin Art Studios in Boston, MA, while simultaneously earning a degree in Art & Design from Massachusetts College of Art and Design.
In 2007, I made another big decision and drove cross-country to Los Angeles, CA, leaving all of my family and friends behind, to see if it could help further my career and to have an excuse to see Graceland. It was only a short period of time before I knew LA would be my new home.
Since becoming a tattoo artist, I've been selected for group art shows, sold original artwork, designed skateboards, and created the Union sketchbook with fellow tattoo artist Josh Duffy. My clientele consists of walk-ins, loyal regulars, and professional athletes, musicians and actors.
I'm influenced by music, architecture, cars, brunettes with light eyes, root beer, and everything in between. I create custom tattoos of all styles, but my specialty is Neo-traditional and the timeless classics of old school and American traditional tattoos.
The future holds big plans and projects inside and outside of tattooing. I have a 54 Chevy Bel Air to restore and I plan on traveling and tattooing all over the world. But one thing is for sure, no matter where I am or what I'm doing, art will be involved.