What a bizarre life I have found myself in…I've taken my passion for art and made it into a lifestyle and a career. My late brother Len, encouraged me to open a tattoo studio. He chose my first location but never got to see it. We are both artists but he was the first to get tattooed and let me practice on him. His belief in me has driven me and led me to this point.
I love cameras and photography. This hobby has helped me get over 100 of my customers published in tattoo magazines. My realistic black and grey portraits have been seen on ABC's 911 tribute documentary and the "Regis and Kelly show" episode that Jay Leno parodied on his show. I really enjoy making realistically styled tattoos or adding realistic elements to a design using textures and shadows to make them "pop". In order to focus on what I've had the most success and awards for, I won't do tribal, cartoons or family crest tattoos.
I was lucky enough early in the game to meet some of the great tattoo artist like Jack Rudy and Tin-Tin. I was influenced by their attitudes and respect of the art. I've spent my career in the neighbourhood of "fine lines" and "Voth". The realistic black work of Chris Reynolds and the super clean work of Mike Austin have had and effect on my style.
I've owned some of the best at tattoo studios in the Niagara region and I've had some of the best artists around now get started in one of my studios and go on to produce some of the coolest work I've seen. I love to tattoo and everything that goes with it, including developing new techniques and ideas for next years' clients. Happiness is indeed a warm gun.