I've lived in Normal, Illinois my entire life. I was born at Bromenn hospital and raised here in the twin cities. Since I've been able to pick up a crayon, art has been a major passion in my life and always will be. Before I had ever thought of being a tattoo artist, I aspired to be an electrician above many other things; all of which were unrelated to art. During my years in elementary through high school, my art had made great progression and I excelled in my art classes. (Granted, my homework consisted of mostly doodles, and incompletes.) Through the four years of high school, I realized that being an electrician was not necessarily for me. In fact, I realized I would never be satisfied in any other career path besides art. So I started tattooing at the age of 16 and my art has even further developed since. I got my apprenticeship at the age of 18, and learned quickly. I am now 19 years old, I am a tattoo artist at Smokin' Aces Tattoo Co., and I have starred on an episode of TLC's "Tattoo School" during this summer of 2012. On the episode, I won my competition and recieved the "Golden Gun". Despite the illegitimacy of a 2 week tattoo school, I had a great time and met a lot of great minds and artists. Beyond my visit to Louisianna, I've made great progress in my specialty of color tattoos. I greatly appreciate the use of color in tattoos, and I enjoy pushing the boundaries of color theory and trying new things. I also like doing black and gray realism, and portraiture. I have a colorful imagination, and I love surrealism and abstract styles. If you're looking for a great tattoo with a unique touch, come to Smokin' Aces Tattoo Co.