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    Fayetteville, North Carolina
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    Tattoo Artist, Artist, Graphic Design, 3D and Digital Multimedia Artist

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  1. I am currently a tattoo artist in Fayetteville, North Carolina. I have been tattooing for 3 years now, but I am not only a tattoo artist. I am also a traditional artist, graphic designer, as well as a 3D and digital multimedia designer/artist. I have always surrounded myself with the world of art and started competing in the 2nd grade. Not to boast or sound egocentric, but in high school I was helping to teach the class, and also sometimes helping to teach the teacher. I feel that I was gifted and blessed with a natural talent and throughout my few years of adulthood I have pursued many different areas of work and study, but in the end I always seem to find myself right back in the industry of arts. Art has become my life, and tattooing was one of the few mediums that I had never even considered until a few years ago. To be honest, I did not have a formal apprenticeship, nor did I even adhere to any supervision from a professional. In late 2006 are started to research tattooing and the different styles and techniques. I watched videos, I read magazines and articles, and even researched different opinions on artwork and tattoos by professionals within the industry. In 2008 I ordered a cheap ebay tattoo kit and started practicing on artificial skin, grapefruits (which suck and I don't know why people recommend them), and pig ears bought from the local supermarket. Pig ears was by far the best, but I got an idea. I drove about 45 minutes away to a meat processing business that processes the dear, cows, goats, pigs, etc. from local hunters and some farmers who do not do it themselves, and asked if they have any leftover skins that they do not use and if I could have them or pay for them. I was extremely lucky! In my personal opinion fresh pig skin (from the inside of the legs/crotch area) is by far the best to practice on as it feels 100% like true human skin. Anyways, I practiced and tried many different techniques while following along with video tutorials and here I am now. I do not consider myself to be a self-proclaimed "great" tattoo artist, but yet I know that I am not going to end up in a "worst tattoo" forum anywhere. Although I am self-taught, I do not consider myself to be a "scratcher", as the industry calls it. I've been looked down upon by many "professional" tattoo artists that I have worked at who claim to have been tattooing 10+ years because I did not "put in" a formal apprenticeship, but yet, side-by-side my work is better than theirs. They all tell me that it's a "way of life" and it's not about being a "rock star", yet they all wanna be the "cool guy" when everybody's around and be the center of attention. Well, to me tattooing isn't a "lifestyle"...IT'S AN ART! In my personal opinion there are tattoo artists (true artists who do more than just trace lines and color them in, but individuals who can truly paint, draw, design, build, etc...all mediums of art.), and there are tattooists (people who can get you a nice image of what you like off of google or some other form of search engine, trace a pattern, run it through a thermal copier, apply the pattern, and then trace the shit out of it hoping to not miss a line and shade/color it to the best of their abilities according to what the image displays!). I am an artist, maybe not the best in the world, especially at tattooing... ...but look out, because here I come!!!
  2. REPLY: Ummm, I'm happy that you would love to get a tattoo of me, but I'm sorry, you must have given him the wrong picture! XD XD XD
  3. I would really love to know what ink he uses? I wanna buy some! I think that black is probably called "photoshop in a bottle", but I'm not sure because I can't find it anywhere on Google! TROLOLOLOLOL
  4. What really gets me is when you have a customer walking in with a brand new iPhone and tries to barter you down 50% or more from your original quote, en. ex., wanting a $600 tattoo and they can only afford $120. Then you attempt to hold back all of your sarcasm and frustrations and explain to them that you can do the outline today, possibly some black and grey if it's time allows and then they can come back in a few weeks when they have more money to get it finished. That's not good enough, they want the tattoo now and they want it for what they want to pay! WTF? really? Is it illegal to smack potential customers when they're stupid? I think the Supreme Court needs to rule in favor...SOON!!! If you can afford to flaunt your $500 iPhone while driving up in a brand new car with $5000 rims and a $3000 stereo system, then don't attempt to talk me down after I'm already trying to work with you on the price!!!
  5. very clean, nice job!
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    In Memory

    In memory of a lost soldier in Iraq. I really enjoy doing tattoos with a true meaning, especially something of this nature!
  7. Girl came all the way down from Wisconsin just for me to tattoo this, made me feel special. And best of all, since I have tattooed this I see this image everywhere as an "example" on search images!
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    Catfish in memory of the guys grandfather. I had fun with it and thought it was cool, figured I would share it with you.
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    Some rune from some video game, not exactly sure which. Anyways, had fun with it.
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    Monkeying Around

    Girl wanted two monkeys to represent her two sons, so this is what I came up with it and she was down!
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    Cover-up of some horrible angel wings did at Bill Claydon's tattoo shop in Fayetteville, NC...who's says reputation makes the art???
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    Hello Kitty

    ...duh, need i say more?
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    Melting/tearing face of agony. Guy gave me the picture and we hooked it up.
  14. Black and grey tree of skulls, 100% freestyle... no pens, no markers, no pattern.
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    Coverup of some weird looking guy holding a crystal ball. About 3.5 hours in it.
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