My Story

Ever since I can remember, I’ve been infatuated with Art and the creative process of making something from nothing. I started out by drawing my G.I. Joe men and transformers when I was 3 years old. I would pose them in front of me and draw them out. This was the beginning of my addiction that would end up becoming my life passion, career and lifestyle.

I grew up a poor kid in California who lived on a skateboard and loved to doodle. I got so good at skateboarding that I became a factory skater for a short time and was fortunate enough to travel doing demos and things until I ended up blowing out my knee. That accident ended my dream of becoming a professional skateboarder. I started listening to all my friends and loved ones and decided to put all my energy into art. At this point in my life, I was already tattooing for fun but not taking it seriously. The first tattoo I ever did was actually on my mother when I was 14 with a homemade Walkman motor, jailhouse style tattoo machine. By 15, I was already getting tattooed in an established shop and because I’d been over 6ft since I was 12, no one ever carded me they just tattooed me…

I decided then, to set out and find someone I could apprentice under and teach me the art of tattooing. This was back in March of 1997 and back then, no one really wanted to teach you or bring you into their shop. After several months of continuous persistence, I finally got into a tattoo shop. I quit a high-paying job as an electrostatic painter to pursue my passion. The artist I was apprenticing under taught me for about a week before he let me go. It turned out, he just wanted someone in the shop so he could go do other things. Thank God I had a real passion to learn and the fortitude to not overstep my limits during these humbling times. A few months later, I started looking for new jobs in hopes of getting myself around more skilled artists to learn and grow my skills. I started traveling and taking jobs wherever I could to get around these artists and did so for about 5-6 years. I traveled all over the U.S., Hawaii, Mexico, Canada and all over Europe.

"Creating something that detailed and permanent excites me in a way I can’t even explain."

From the beginning I have always prided myself on continuous growth, constantly learning different styles and soaking up all of the industry history that I could. The first style I learned was surrealism and new school and then went on to learn traditional and neo-traditional. From there, I worked my way to learning how to do black and grey portraits. photo-realism and color-realism which is now one of my favorite styles to do, simply because of the challenge. Creating something that detailed and permanent excites me in a way I can’t explain. I truly love taking on big projects with lots of meaning that are usually theme-based. Whether it’s realism, surrealism, color, black and grey, new-school, traditional or neo-traditional, I have taken many years to be more than proficient in all of these styles.

I was one of 18 people picked out of over 80,000 plus applicants to be on Ink Masters Season 5 Rivals that aired in September of 2014. I was also on one episode of Ink Master Redemption Season 1 where I was the first contestant to get redemption and then appeared again on the second episode of Ink Master Redemption Season 4. I was extremely humbled by the experience and am truly grateful for all of the love and support I received throughout the entire experience. Thank you one and all.

Currently, I work by appointment only at a private studio in the heart of Las Vegas to provide a more personal service throughout the tattooing process. Consultations are free and are conducted through email and by phone. I require a 2 hour minimum and offer both hourly and flat rate pricing as well as specials on all day sessions for larger pieces and ongoing projects. I appreciate your consideration and look forward to working with you to make your outer you apart of your inner self-individualization.

My Story

"From the beginning I have always prided myself on continuous growth."

Ever since I can remember, I’ve been infatuated with Art and the creative process of making something from nothing. I started out by drawing my G.I. Joe men and transformers when I was 3 years old. I would pose them in front of me and draw them out. This was the beginning of my addiction that would end up becoming my life passion, career and lifestyle.

I grew up a poor kid in California who lived on a skateboard and loved to doodle. I got so good at skateboarding that I became a factory skater for a short time and was fortunate enough to travel doing demos and things until I ended up blowing out my knee. That accident ended my dream of becoming a professional skateboarder. I started listening to all my friends and loved ones and decided to put all my energy into art. At this point in my life, I was already tattooing for fun but not taking it seriously. The first tattoo I ever did was actually on my mother when I was 14 with a homemade Walkman motor, jailhouse style tattoo machine. By 15, I was already getting tattooed in an established shop and because I’d been over 6ft since I was 12, no one ever carded me they just tattooed me…

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I decided then, to set out and find someone I could apprentice under and teach me the art of tattooing. This was back in March of 1997 and back then, no one really wanted to teach you or bring you into their shop. After several months of continuous persistence, I finally got into a tattoo shop. I quit a high-paying job as an electrostatic painter to pursue my passion. The artist I was apprenticing under taught me for about a week before he let me go. It turned out, he just wanted someone in the shop so he could go do other things. Thank God I had a real passion to learn and the fortitude to not overstep my limits during these humbling times. A few months later, I started looking for new jobs in hopes of getting myself around more skilled artists to learn and grow my skills. I started traveling and taking jobs wherever I could to get around these artists and did so for about 5-6 years. I traveled all over the U.S., Hawaii, Mexico, Canada and all over Europe.

“Creating something that detailed and permanent excites me in a way I can’t even explain.”

From the beginning I have always prided myself on continuous growth, constantly learning different styles and soaking up all of the industry history that I could. The first style I learned was surrealism and new school and then went on to learn traditional and neo-traditional. From there, I worked my way to learning how to do black and grey portraits. photo-realism and color-realism which is now one of my favorite styles to do, simply because of the challenge. Creating something that detailed and permanent excites me in a way I can’t explain. I truly love taking on big projects with lots of meaning that are usually theme-based. Whether it’s realism, surrealism, color, black and grey, new-school, traditional or neo-traditional, I have taken many years to be more than proficient in all of these styles.

I was one of 18 people picked out of over 80,000 plus applicants to be on Ink Masters Season 5 Rivals that aired in September of 2014. I was also on one episode of Ink Master Redemption Season 1 where I was the first contestant to get redemption and then appeared again on the second episode of Ink Master Redemption Season 4. I was extremely humbled by the experience and am truly grateful for all of the love and support I received throughout the entire experience. Thank you one and all.

Currently, I work by appointment only at a private studio in the heart of Las Vegas to provide a more personal service throughout the tattooing process. Consultations are free and are conducted through email and by phone. I require a 2 hour minimum and offer both hourly and flat rate pricing as well as specials on all day sessions for larger pieces and ongoing projects. I appreciate your consideration and look forward to working with you to make your outer you apart of your inner self-individualization.