“When I was ten years old, I remember looking at an art book with intense curiosity, fascinated by the amount of detail used in one illustration in particular. I can still see the image in my mind — a massive octopus wrapping its tentacles around a pirate ship, trying to pull it down to the depths of the sea. It admittedly captured me as well and I immediately tried to replicate it by drawing it on my own in pencil, using the book as a reference.
From that moment on, all through middle and high school, I enrolled in every art class there was, absorbing everything possible. But it still wasn’t enough — I found myself doodling during my other classes as well, adapting to different styles and perfecting what my other friends were drawing at the time, including graffiti.
From there, my fascination and passion for art grew even more. I was exposed to art early on by my family, and different kinds too — my older sister went to art school and graduated with a degree in fashion design; my uncle had a vast collection of comic books — each helped to shape my understanding and appreciation for all types of art.
My first introduction to tattooing was around 1998, when I watched my uncle get his first tattoo done at home. He told me, ‘you should get into it,’ but I really couldn’t see myself making a career of it until it was legalized in 2000 by the State of Massachusetts. It’s been an amazing journey ever since. The vast amount of talent in the field has me constantly pushing myself to perfect my art.”