So, a few days ago I hit a huge milestone in my existence on this planet . 100 days without dependance on any substances for the first time in my entire adult life. It’s also ironic that it comes only a few days after I celebrated my 20th year tattooing. I don’t think words can ever express completely the feeling of immense gratitude that I have lately, so I’m not even going to try. But I really am so thankful to everybody who believed in me, supported me and stuck by my side through all those tough past years. Most importantly my beautiful girlfriend and my family. I now know how rough it must have been sometimes and also how ridiculously hard it is to see someone you know just blatantly throwing away their talents and life to drugs or alcohol.
All I know is that is I have achieved so much in these first 100 days and it’s been an uphill kayak battle to get where I am right now, but honestly just wait because I’m only getting started and with the help and support of my loved ones and friends I am striving to reach my full potential both in my art, tattoos and most importantly my life. Everyone knows I’ve wasted enough time and I’m so blessed to be where I am today: I have a job tattooing full-time that I love, at a shop that I love working at, in a city that I love being in. I couldn’t imagine a better situation to come back from being a total mess of a human being to. I know that there’s definitely a reason why I am still alive and where I am in my life today and I hope that I can grow into the person that I knew I was capable of being and to grow old into the tattoo artist I’ve been preparing to be for the past 20 years. Ok, enough mushy bullshit: let’s make some art and tattoos and catch up on lost time.
Hey kids. It’s that time of year again, it’s a new year and every year I start out strong with my over zealous resolutions to draw everyday and update my blog more, create more art and music, etc. Honestly I wish I could say that I’ve been making and crushing my goals daily but the numbers don’t lie. I’ve been falling off and becoming more complacent in my daily life and I’ve definitely noticed that my drive as an artist has been becoming more of an task and less of an natural desire to want to create.
But this isn’t a shit story with an sad ending. Nope not with this kid. I’ve recently rekindled a fire within myself and rediscovered this love of my own life that I haven’t felt since before Covid. I am blessed with a job to do that I’ve worked so hard to achieve and I’m not gonna sit back and watch it all go to hell while I mope through my daily routine in a self-pitying funk. Not in 2022.
This is my 20th year tattooing and that’s a huge deal to anyone in any industry. I’m seriously surprised that considering my ADHD brain that I haven’t burned out long ago but honestly this life chose me and I’ve always seen it that way. I was sent here to make art and music and I’m lucky enough to know my purpose here and knowing is half the battle. That’s also why I’m not stressing out over my previous complacency. Covid was hard on everybody and it effected me in ways that I never would’ve ever expected, it effected all of us in negative ways whether we want to admit it or not. But in refuse to lay down anymore. No more sleeping until 5 because I don’t wanna face my reality or procrastinating on any art projects, no more putting off for tomorrow what I can do today because God only knows what the hell tomorrow even is gonna bring.
So that being said. I have huge plans for 2022. Including starting at a new tattoo shop and an intensive travel schedule with even bigger art projects and collaborations and more music than ever. I’m gonna start traveling again and hitting the tattoos convention circuit harder and with more passion and love than ever before.
I have been trying my damnedest to keep most of my newer my artwork secret lately, that way whenever I come out with my sketchbook for publication, all my followers on Tumblr, Facebook or whatever haven’t already seen or tattooed everything in the book. However, I scanned in the first real piece of flash for the book and I just thought I would share: I can’t wait to paint this piece later today.
I had a great Friday the 13th flash day at Underground Art yesterday. I seriously love these days and thanks to everybody that came out and supported local artists. These are the tattoos that I remembered to photograph but if I did one on you and it isn’t featured here shoot me a picture if it and I’ll add it to my story on Instagram
So it’s that time of year again, Friday the 13th is upon us. This Friday, December 13th 2019 I’ll be doing any tattoo on this sheet from $60-$120 depending on size and color. I will be tattooing at Underground Art in Memphis, Tennessee starting at 3 pm and will be on a first come, first serve basis. For more information please give the shop a call at (901)272-1864 or shoot me a email to email@example.com and check out my Instagram to keep posted on future events.