He envelopes ‘East River’ with his esoteric etchings and charms with a heart of gold. Known for his love of ear tattoos, he enjoys the magic Hedwig's Theme as much as helping to advocate for peace, understanding, and kindness.
You seem to have a love for ear tattoos. Why is the ear such a point of interest for you?
I have really enjoyed tattooing ears at first to show people that say something can't be done or can't last. I wanted to show that it can and will last. But now, I tattoo ears for the love of the way it accents the ear as if its jewelry.
Your tattoos are primarily black. Do you prefer to stay away from colour?
Not necessarily. I enjoy tattooing with colour. I just believe the majority of my clientele wants black and grey and that has allowed me to build a strong portfolio of black and grey. That being said, I'm sure in the future you will start to see more color from me mixed into my portfolio.
Tell us about the first tattoo you ever got.
The first tattoo I ever got was for a dear friend of mine who had passed away. The image was one I tried to talk them out of, especially because I didn't understand why he'd want a tattoo that had no meaning to him. but after that getting that tattoo. That was the day I knew I wanted to be an artist.
How did you become a tattoo artist?
I started with approaching shops looking for an apprenticeship and was not able to find any shop with room for one. So I moved home to where my family lives and received an apprenticeship under an artist named Ryan Scarpino. He showed me the ins and outs of the industry and how to be clean and to be precise.
What do tattoos mean to you?
Tattoos have one true meaning for me and that is self expression. Everyone wants to be heard and I find like a therapist helps people find words to express how they feel, a tattoo artist helps their clients express who they are through art.
What’s something you wish you knew about your industry before you joined it?
Not really. Hahaha. I knew what i was getting into (good and the bad)
What is your favourite film and why?
The Harry Potter series has always been a favourite for me. I think they did an amazing job filming that movie and the score is notorious.
You have to wear a t-shirt with 1 word on it for the rest of your life—what word would it be and why?
Haha this is a fun question. If i was wearing one shirt every day I’d think it would get pretty gross. So the word on the shirt would probably have to be...smelly!
If you could switch places with anyone in the world for a day, who would it be and why?
I'd love to switch places with my sister. My sister Lindsay, was born with a disability rendering her at the mind level of a 6 month old baby. She is 30 now and is still a very happy person that is non-verbal. I'd love to trade places with her for one day so I could understand what she thinks and feels. She would then be in my place and get to experience a normal life even for just one day.
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