My working career started out in the Restaurant Industry. About as far as one could be from the world of tattooing. I lived and worked at the Lake of the Ozarks. I had gotten tattoos here and there and this sparked my desire to use my artistic talent. For me tattooing was going to be much more than a job, it was going to be my lifestyle.
I worked for about 6 months trying to learn tattooing on my own, but was not satisfied with my progress. I heard about Miller Cotton and his reputation as a tattoo artist and wanted to learn from the best. I would go to Springfield on my days off and hang out at his shop, running errands, answering phones and absorbing everything I could of his knowledge and talent. I wanted to show Miller my desire to learn. To let him see that I was a worthy candidate for an apprentice position in his shop. I knew that to be the best I had to learn from the best. The rest is history. I did my first tattoo in the fall of 1992 and have been tattooing ever since. I have had the great privilege of traveling around the country and tattooing beside some of the best artists in the industry. Always watching and always learning.
I have had the great experience of traveling to, and tattooing in, such places as Daytona Bike Week, Laconia Bike Week, and Sturgis Bike Week, and various other independent tattoo conventions. I have been to Easyrider Invitational Bike show in Columbus, several times, and this has always been one of my favorite places to visit and tattoo. I have had the great honor to be featured in several tattoo magazines. One if my greatest achievements as an artist, was to earn the coveted cover of Tattoo Magazine. I have won several awards and trophies locally, as well as a Best Tattoo of the Day Award at a Convention in Pittsburg, Kansas. I guess you could say I have come a long way from the young man who wanted to use his artistic talent as a career.
You could say my specialty is what my client wants. I do it all big or small, but really enjoy black and gray work. Although most of my time is spent doing what I love, tattooing, I do take time to enjoy other things in life, such as motorcycling, restoring my old cars, hunting, fishing, and most of all spending time with my three best friends, my dogs. I am very blessed to be able to do the things I do, and have a job I take great pride in and enjoy doing. Not very many people can say that in this day and age.