I started tattooing on the 4th of July, 1992. While everyone else went to see fireworks, I stayed home and made my own. I did my first tattoo on myself and of course I did not get the desired result. I have, however, continued to try by constantly learning. It seems like yesterday, looking back to when my good friend, Bruce Chung, taught me how to tattoo. He also turned me on to Tattootimes, a publication put out by Ed Hardy, which blew me away. Right off the bat I got to see the best worlds best traditional Japanese and American tattoos and that experience continues to influence me today.
The Japanese bodysuits blew me away and right then and there I decided I wanted to wear and do Japanese bodysuits. Horiyoshi II and Horiyoshi III were my favorites. However I also loved the work of Ed Hardy, Mike Malone Greg Irons, The Dutchman and Bob Roberts. My buddy and teacher, Bruce, told me then that Japanese Irezumi and American traditional tattoos were tattooing, that Ed Hardy was “The Man” and if he was going to teach me this was the first thing I’d learn.
After a few years of starting off in Atlanta, I went to work for Ken Cameron (Owner of South Beach Tattoo Co.) in Miami FL. During my 7 years there Ken taught me tons about everything from machines to pigments to customer service. I was exposed to the likes of Chris Garver, Troy Lane, Greg Christian and Jay Pedro. I got a little something, information wise, from each of these guys and always appreciated the tips on tattooing.
Now it’s 20 years later and I’m still learning a ton. Fortunately I lucked out “lucked out” and have been able to work with some of the best in the business. Such as Chris Trevino who has been so gracious to me and such an inspiration. I’ve also had the pleasure of working with Mike Malone who helped me a ton with watercolor painting (and some of the best stories ever). Dutchman was nice enough to let me hang out with him a bit as well… another of the legends from Tattootimes I never thought I’d meet.
All these folks and more. The New School crew form back in the day. My buddy Alan Thompson from Trader Bobs. Many more and too many to name but you get the idea. If you’d like to get a tattoo from me, please call the shop, Bolder Ink, at 303-444-7380 and schedule a free consultation. Some Tattoos take awhile so you might want to meet the guy doing the tattoos first.