When did you start tattooing, what was your background and which was the main reason force behind the choice?
I started tattooing in 2016 after being a glass sculptor and blown glass artist. I loved sculpting but it was definitely a vehicle to find my true passion in tattooing. I was hanging out at a shop with friends who has worked their and they suggested I ask for an apprenticeship.
What’s are your passions?
I have a passion for cooking, tattooing and connecting with people. I enjoy talking to others and hearing their story. It's one of the many perks of being an artist, connecting with someone who resonated with something you've created just for them. And cooking just fun, it makes me feel good when I cook for myself and others.
Is it important for you to paint?
Painting is very important to me because a lot of the time I have this idea that just NEEDS to be created and nowhere to tattoo it so I paint it. But it also helps me learn to use different color pallets and methods that translate to my tattooing.
Who or what influences you?
I'm influenced heavily by photography and the way that photographers capture a moment. When doing realism I rely on finding the right reference to make my design that much better.
I'm also influenced by other artists; my coworkers, I love the paintings of norman Rockwell, Gillian Elvgren and Carravagio.
What do you enjoy doing when you're not tattooing clients?
I enjoy going fishing and hanging out with friends. I love shooting pool, bowling, card games and dice games over a few drinks. When there are some good shows in town I love going to see live music and checking out some new place to eat.