What is your favorite tattoo style?
My favorite tattoo style and what people mostly come to me for is black and grey realism. I also love color realism. I believe making an image or tattoo look as photorealistic as possible is the highest form of art you can achieve. I love the challenge of photorealism. Joe Johns definitely. He is my mentor and my style of black and grey is very similar to his. He taught me everything I know about tattooing.
Who are some of your favorite artists?
Joe Johns definitely. He is my mentor and my style of black and grey is very similar to his. He taught me everything I know about tattooing.
Bob Terrell. Hands down best black and grey artist I know.
Nikko Hurtado. I inspire to get my color realism as good if not better then his one day.
What inspires you in your art?
I pull my inspiration from many places, mainly my clients. My clients inspire me to be a better and better artist. And honestly I wouldn’t be where I am without them. Also I have to give some credit to my mom. She always pushed me to use my gift and talent to do great things and to never let that go. So thank you mom!!
What, or who, got you into tattooing?
I used to work at UPS. I was working there for about a year and my supervisor at the time knew I could draw and he asked me “what are you doing here.” I didn’t know what to say. He said “you have an amazing gift. You should be a tattoo artist.” I basically told him I don’t think so haha. I was never good with high pressure situations or people hahaha. So after about 3 weeks of him pushing me to go after something better, I walked into the Stowe location and talked to Joe Johns. I showed him my drawings and told him I’d like to learn how to tattoo. Joe looked at my portfolio and then looked at me and said “when can you start”. Here I am all these years later still loving what I do!!
Other Bio Info
I’ve been tattooing since 2008. Joe Johns was my mentor and taught me everything about tattooing. I originally tattooed at the Stowe location for about 3 years. Then I relocated to the 422 location in Birdsboro and I’ve been there ever since.