Growing up I would pretty much say I was raised in a tattoo/art atmosphere, my dad owned multiple studios throughout my childhood, and being a single parent the easier and less expensive alternative to child care was to have me at the studio with him each day. Naturally, I began picking up on the culture of that world and seeing first-hand the beauty of the industry. All throughout my younger years I remember coming to the shop after school, watching these massive sessions unfold, clients coming in with crazy ideas and leaving with this permanent work of art, it was amazing.
After a while I began experimenting with the styles of the tattoo world, drawing and tracing vintage flash and artwork, the start of my career began when I did my first tattoo on my dad for my 16th birthday. Most of my practice after was done on the more trusting regulars at the shop, after 3 months I began taking walk-ins at the studio and building a clientele for myself. I tattooed for 3 years at my dad’s studio and quickly built a fan base, people that saw quality in my work and the love that I had for the industry at such a young age. For my first 3 years and with influence from my dad my work stayed in a style known as “American traditional”.
With social media and new artists coming into the industry I began discovering other styles of tattooing, soon I fell in love with a style of work known as blackwork. With many disagreements about the industry and tradition I decided at 19 to cut ties with my dad and move away, taking the first step to form a unique path in this career. Since then I’ve developed a large following of clients interested in a new style that I’ve formed that is a combination of dot-work, black and grey, and traditional solid lining all done with black. I’m 21 years old now, I’ve tattooed for almost 6 years and now own Publik Studios in Houston, Tx.