I started collecting tattoos on my 18th birthday. It would have been earlier but thankfully I was unable to find someone to do the damage!. I am still avidly collecting tattoos. I have tattoos from artists all over the continent....and some of the best!.
In 2003 I met Darryl Gardener of Tip Of The Needle in North Vancouver and commissioned him to do a sleeve. We became friends, and in 2007 largely due to him, the opportunity to tattoo had fully manifested. Although officially self taught I have had the best experiences, working with Lisa Schmoldt and Bisquette Bewelly of Otherside Ink in FL as well as sponging up all the guidance and advice I receive from my friends and James Kern and Rachael Gilbert of No Hope No Fear in Portland. I also have been lucky enough to learn from the amazing artists and friends I have made at conventions on the West Coast.
In April 2008 I started working at Extreme Ink in Sooke, BC. This was my first professional job as a tattooer, and where my career starts. A few solid friendships and a lot of beautiful artwork were what ensued for the next 12 months. Due to some unfortunate events including a house fire, my family and I decided to relocate back to Vancouver. Where I served a short stint at Tip Of The Needle in North Vancouver. It was quickly apparent that this was not an environment conducive to my creativity. I worked at a few studios around Vancouver for the next year trying to find the perfect spot.
In 2009 I enrolled at ECU (Emily Carr university) to study fine arts. I also opened my own studio in December of 2009 In The Flesh Tattoos, Now called Art Of Gold Tattoo. The studio has been successful for over two years and counting. I have also accepted a part time position at Adrenaline VanCity to make it easier for all you Vancouverites.
In The Flesh Tattoos,
536 Artisan Square, Bowen Island, BC