I have been tattooing professionally since 1999, after undergoing a formal tattoo apprenticeship at Shades of Gray Tattoo, in Oshkosh Wisconsin. Early on in my career I took over the tattoo shop I was trained in. We strove to make the shop a completely custom tattoo studio, which attracted collectors of body art. We have been running a A-ok Tattoo in Roswell NM since 2004, offering solely custom tattoos along with the fine art I produce available in the shop at 2 Ravens Gallery.
I have always been interested in the human form, my initial ceramic sculpture always incorporated it into compositions. I began sculpture in 1991 as a youth and have been a body artist since 1999. I've noticed that tattoo collectors cherish exhibiting a tat that is a unique statement only they own. Fine art I feel gives me an advantage when designing and tattooing for inspiration. Tattooing is an amazing mix of 3 dimensional canvas and 2 dimensional artwork. I love that the anthropomorphic aspect of my canvases brings endless opportunity to create a 2-D image viewed in a multifaceted 3D form. My focus is composition and eccentuating the individual's natural form and flow to inspire my artwork that will be animated when displayed. My gallery is the human population that is moving around on this spaceship earth. I have no control of the exposure and I love that it is unexpected when most get to view the body art, that is the hidden treasure of it. It is an honor that clients trust me with their living canvas.