I have always been an artist. As far back as I can remember, I have demonstrated an interest in art. My dad is an artist in his own right and some of my earliest memories are of me begging my dad to draw just so that I could just watch. I made my mark all through school as an artist so it was only natural for me to go to art school—I pursued a dual major in fine arts and graphic design at the Northwest College of Art in Poulsbo, WA, a four-year art college, where I earned a B.A in Fine Art.
While attending college I was required complete an internship and convinced my advisors that, as tattooing is becoming recognized as a fine art, I should be able to fulfill my internship as a tattoo artist. I found an apprenticeship under Alfred (Boe) Mencarelli of Tat-2-Times in Olympia, WA, who became my mentor. Boe was so impressed with my art he had a machine in my hand two weeks into my apprenticeship.
After my apprenticeship, I decided to follow the sun to southern California where I worked for awhile. But Boe called me back to help him out and sent me to Florida to open a shop, where I once again had the chance to work with my mentor.
To make a long story short, I got homesick and ended up back in Washington, working at Fine Art Tattoo, where I met Alex Cook, now my partner at Lucky No. 3. We decided to strike out on our own, and the rest is history. With 10 years of experience in the field, and a B.A in Fine Art, I’m your guy for the highest quality, creative tattoos.