Born and raised in Long Beach, Southern California, I got my first tattoo when I was 15 years old and was instantly fascinated with the art. At 17 years old, I was arrested and put in jail for protecting my mother from a couple of drunks. It was an unfortunate event in my life, but it gave me the time, patience, and motivation, to really concentrate on my art.
As soon as I put the pencil to paper, it was an addiction I could not stop. I instantly had a hunger to be the best I could be. It didn’t turn into tattooing until about 9 years later.
I had some regular jobs, manual labor and such, ‘till one day I realized it just wasn’t the life I wanted to be living. I knew I could be more. The next day, I got into my car and went to every shop ‘till I found an artist that I was comfortable learning from. I took an apprenticeship under Lenny Mental and Johnny Jinx at Sacred Art Tattoo in Tucson, AZ.
I originally wanted to do black and grey, but it didn’t take long to see my true passion was in color. It has been a long road, but I have learned for some of the most amazing artists. If I could give one piece of advice to an upcoming artist, it would be that the only thing you need to succeed is motivation. I don’t believe in talent, I believe in hard work and dedication to true art.