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My studio is located in the historic Pioneer Square district of Seattle. It is a very comfortable and clean art studio/research space with the tattoo area upstairs from the street.

I have been tattooing professionally since 1993. As long as I can remember I have always been into some form of art and love exploring different types of mediums. My favorite thing about tattoo is it's very personal nature - the tattoo becomes a physical part of the clients identity. People get tattoos for many different reasons. As an expression of self, a mark in time, a memory, charm or purely for decoration. Regardless of reason, it is a very powerful medium.

When I design a tattoo I usually consult with the client at least a month before the actual application of the tattoo, to process the idea and come up with some original visuals for the design. I approach a tattoo project in much the same way I would a painting or illustration also taking into account how the piece will flow with the body. The clients ideas about the tattoo are integrated with my own bringing about the final piece. One of a kind well thought out projects are my goal.

With tattoo new ideas are constantly coming into view for me. It is hard to get stagnant with all the different personalities of my clients and the different styles of art and design they are influenced by when they come to me. I am always evolving and learning more. My work ranges from highly illustrated color pieces to large black work designs.

I work by appointment only. If you would like a consultation please call to set up a time in advance.

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