I got my first tattoo when I was just 16 years old. I started out piercing and opened a piercing shop called Fashion For Ecstasy until I decided to trade the piercing needle in for a tattoo machine. In 1993 I worked at ‘Little Vinnie’s’ with Little Vinnie, Dave Waugh and GP. From there I’ve learned great technique. While working with Bill Peoples at ‘Hysterical Tattoo’ in Ellicott City MD, I learned more about the industry.
In 2000 I opened German Street Insksmiths in Shepherstown, WV. After moving back to Maryland, I worked at Guss’ with Eric Brookes. In 2003 I opened my own studio (Cherry Bomb) in Martinsburg, WV and in 2010 we opened BS Tattoo and Skate Co.
I’ve been tattooing now for over 16 years and every day is a new opportunity to continue to evolve as an artist. If I’m not tattooing, I’m usually drawing or preparing for another piece. My partner, Laura, is an inspiration to my art and is also my favorite client. She carries a lot of my work and we add to it as often as possible. As West Virginia’s most published artist, I enjoy the recognition, but mostly I enjoy the freedom my career allows me. I love to travel and meet other artists and guest spot at other studios as often as possible. My job allows me to be able to enjoy the creativity in this industry as well as the diversity in it’s followers.
When I’m not tattooing, I like to be a hermit. So if I’m not in the studio or out and about, then I’m probably hiding.
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I believe I remember my mother telling me that I started showing an excessive interest in art at around the age of 3. I often tell people that I've been drawing since I've been able to pick up a crayon. I knew from an early age that my life would constantly revolve around art in some way.
My interest in tattoo art began in my pre-teen years. The rebellious nature I saw being portrayed by punks, metal heads, musicians, and bikers really intrigued me. I got my first tattoo when I was 16 years old and it was all over from there! Halfway through that first tattoo I knew this is what I wanted to do for a living.
At the age of 22 I started my apprenticeship at 'Thinkin' Ink Studios' in Fairmont, WV under the guidance of Drexel "Youngen" Swiger (R.I.P.) and many others who helped me along the way. Long hours and respect for the art has helped me evolve into the artist I am today.
My journey has now led me to BS Tattoo and Skate Co. where I plan on continuing to progress more as an artist and give my clients the best piece I possibly can in a comfortable environment you will want to come back to.
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