I grew up in South Norfolk and nobody liked me too much so I stayed inside and drew all the time. I got wise and started selling my artwork at $10 per sheet so I could buy some school clothes. As a teen, I took the bus to Virginia Beach and spent the weekend at a friend’s house. When I was 18, I got my first tattoo by some guy with purple hair, on his couch, watching American Pie.
I was working as a brick and block mason for 4 and a half unforgettable years and walked into a local tattoo shop one day to sell some artwork and a tattooer asked me if I wanted to learn how to tattoo. It had never crossed my mind before, but someone was offering me something and it didn’t cost a thing, so I just told him “ya”, right then and there. It took 4 votes to get me in, and I started my apprenticeship the next day. My apprenticeship lasted two and a half years and Dave Lukeson, Cliff Evans, Sean Karn, Ben Edwards and Gabriel Cece put me through the most roughest, strenuous, awesome time of my life. When I’m not tattooing, I draw, spend time with my family, cook, hang out with friends, typical stuff.
I tend to do outlandish tattoos that are funny to me. I have a sense of humor that is kind of animated and dark. I like to laugh at things you’re not supposed to laugh at. In my tattoos, I like to incorporate things that people seem to overlook in life, like crayons (I put them in tattoos because every artist starts with crayons but never come back to them, so that is my way of going back), water wings on a whale, power buttons (my view on technology taking over. It turns everything into a cyborg), and rich, balleristic animals. Some random things I love are old funk, cucumbers in Italian dressing, ankle socks from Foot Action, and Chinese culture.
Originally Published: Tue, 14 Jan 2014 20:22:45
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