Tattooing has been practiced across the globe since at least Neolithic times, as evidenced by mummified preserved skin, ancient art, and the archaeological record. Both ancient art and archaeological finds of possible tattoo tools suggest tattooing was practiced by the Upper Paleolithic period in Europe. However, direct evidence for tattooing on mummified human skin extends only to the 4th millennium BC. The oldest discovery of tattooed human skin to date is found on the body of Ötzi the Iceman, dating to between 3370 and 3100 BC.

 

I started in the late 80’s. After drawing up designs for friends and going to the shops to  watch the artist or technician tattoo the design, i decided that i wanted to give this a try.

 

After about 6 months of looking for someone to tech me i ran across Sweed of”Swedes Skin Art”in Mesa. At first Sweed wasn’t really interested in teach me and was retiring soon. after a few conversations and showing him my work he agreed but for the price of 5 grand. a lot of money at that time especially for a young artist. so we sold my wife’s jeep and two weeks later i was dropping off money to get started.

 

1989  opened my first tattoo shop The Green Iguana, had this for 10 years in two locations before developing a bad attitude and shutting everything down in the middle of the night.

 

After taking some time off moving to a new house and getting asked and asked again and again I decided to start-up again. .

 

I see all the great art work on the net and everyday I am inspired to do better. I am still at it and producing some of the best work to date.

 

thank you so much for looking at my art.

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