I’ ve been interested in art and tattooing as long as I can remember. From refusing to settle for coloring books and needing to draw from my own imagination, to sketching on friends in elementary school. When I was fifteen, a friend of mine had homemade tattoo equipment and we jokingly tattooed his arm, after that it dawned on me that I could one day be a tattoo artist. Over the years I drew lots of tattoo designs for friends and the question was always the same, “ when are you going to start doing this?”
When I was twenty an apprenticeship fell in my lap. Ego, from Emerald City Tattoo in Seattle, was drawing a tattoo design for me and during that process allowed me to bounce questions off him about tattooing. I had recently bought my first machine and equipment and was trying to teach myself. He had asked to see some of my artwork and graciously offered to legitimately train me to become a tattooer. The era of my apprenticeship consisted of a lot of late nights drawing and early mornings at my glamorous day-job unclogging toilets and changing locks before returning to the tattoo shop for yet another late night.
After my apprenticeship, I traveled with my now wife around Central America, working on sustainable building, and farming techniques. I learned how to slow down and experiencing a different culture. After that we lived on the beach of Kauai for a month before coming back to Seattle. I have been tattooing here ever since.
Over the years I have fallen more and more in love with this art form. There are so many styles that I like, Japanese style is particularly intriguing to me. I love studying the traditions and meanings behind it all. But then take old school American, which is so bold and clean and designed to age well . . . I find something intriguing in almost every style.
Tattooing has ruined me to ever having another job. Where else would I get to do be creative doing art, hang out with good people, clients and fellow artists, laugh and joke around all day? I love that it’ s my job to push myself to be a better artist every day. I get to live my childhood dream.