I did my first tattoo at 15 years old and was hooked, after I graduated high school I started tattooing on a daily basis, but at the time there weren't very many tattooers around so I was self taught by reading the Spaulding and Rogers Tattooing A-Z Guide originally published in 1988. I was re-taught the art of Tattooing by Lucky Anderson, given the name Cool-Aid, and that's when I gained momentum in what a tattoo can actually be. The evolution of tattooing was crazy, it went from the typical ideal of biker tats to works of art with color theory and premeditated compositions. I quickly learned that you can take this craft with you around the world and back. I first started tattooing in Holland, then France, Germany,Thailand, Greece, the list goes on and on. When I lived in east Europe I went through a period where I couldn't legally tattoo, it's a very difficult thing to have what you know and love be taken from you, so I honed in my skills as an animator and became a professor of 3d animation at the Art Academy of Novo Gorica Italy. I loved where I was in life, but because of my family situation we decided to move to Luxembourg Europe. Again I was in a position where I couldn't tattoo legally. Because of my situation and where I was I started collaborating with different creatives and have made animated shorts for various projects, one of which was selected as best of 2018 Sundance Film Festival, Tamy's Tiny Tea Time. As everything goes though, it truly does come full circle, Im now back in the USA with complete freedom to tattoo!