My focus is on black and grey tattooing. I try to create a feeling of form, emotional atmosphere, and refinement in my projects with fine attention to detail in each stage of the working process. For me, the most important aspect of my art is maintaining mental presence throughout the working process, and cultivating a sense of circumspection.
I grew up traveling the country with my mother, who is also a tattooer. Thanks to her I have been introduced to many different kinds of tattoo art and tattooers. I’ve always felt that because of this early and diverse exposure, my relationship with tattooing has been deeply personal.
In my mothers first years of tattooing, she worked at a shop in Tempe where she met Jon Garber, now co-owner of Dame of the West Tattoo. Seventeen years later I began a formal apprenticeship under Jon, with his mentorship I developed an eye for design, and to be empirical in my criticism. He taught me to be methodical and consistent in my efforts, and to have a steady, meticulous work ethic.
Through the course of a year, I developed these qualities to the best of my abilities. It was an intense period of self development for me, and in the end, I made the decision to step away from the set path and investigate other areas of life. In July of 2015 I left my apprenticeship with Jon and on September 16th, I began living in a Thai Buddhist monastery on the east coast.
After spending two and a half years ordained in the Thai forest tradition I returned to Arizona to continue my apprenticeship. Since then, Jon had partnered with Josh Carter to open Dame of the West Tattoo, and under their combined mentorship I’ve continued to develop my skills as a tattooer.