Where were you born and where are you from?
I was born and raised in Boyle Co. KY. In the small town of Junction City.
How did you get introduced to the tattoo culture?
I was always into art doing pin stripping, acrylics, and airbrushing. A friend of mine was friends with a local tattoo artist. Whom seen some of my artwork and asked if I was interested in learning to tattoo. Artist Tom Thomen owned a local shop and I started my apprenticeship under him, but couple months later he closed his shop. Leaving me to learn the rest on my own.
Do you remember the first tattoo that you did?
Yes, it was actually on a childhood friend of mine, it was a piece of tribal with fire around it.
How would you describe your style of tattooing?
I would say that I’m definitely a new school tattoo artist. I enjoy mainly anything with bright bold colors that pop. Most of my clients request that type of work.
What were you doing before you got into the tattoo business, and what made you change?
I had actually just turned down a managing position at the local Winn Dixie, when I decided to become an artist. I had always known I wanted to do something with art, but was unsure of what direction to take.
What influences your artwork?
Everything does. Mainly my influences come from other great artists, but also just things in everyday life. I’m very intrigued by bold colors.
What would you say is the best part about tattooing?
It honestly is a great pleasure to know that my clients or anyone who gets tattooed by me trust me to permanently mark their body with my artwork.
What advice would you give to someone looking to get their first tattoo?
Mainly to make sure it’s something that you are going to like for the rest of your life. You can cover them up, but they are still there to some extent. Also think about the position of where you are putting it. Is it something you might wanna add to? Lots of people think, I just want this for now and later wanna come back with a better idea and have this tattoo in the way of a potential great piece.
Do you see yourself doing anything other than tattooing?
No. I often think if for some reason something happens and I can’t tattoo anymore, what would I do? First thing would obviously be to provide for my family, but there isn’t anything else that comes to mind that I don’t think, "Well if I can do that then I could find a way to tattoo."
Do you have a favorite quote?
I don’t have one.
What’s your biggest inspiration, what keeps you going?
My family, they are always there for me and they are what keep me pushing to better myself.
What is one thing that life has taught you?
That the grass is not always greener on the other side.
Where do you see the tattoo culture 10 years from now?
Honestly I have no idea. When I first got into the industry I would have never thought tattoos would be at the level they are now. So who knows what the next ten years have to bring, hopefully for the good but who knows.
Anything else you would like to add?
Studio Ink Tattoo Inc.
813 S. 4th St. Danville, KY 40422.
Thanks for your time and interest.