Where are you from and when/why did you move
I was born in Corpus Christi, TX but moved in
1986 to DeSoto, TX. In 2000 we moved to San Antonio. I went to Milwaukee for
college but came back to San Antonio after graduation. My then girlfriend
(later my wife) and I moved to Austin because it seemed to have more Art-job
opportunities. And it did!
How would you describe your style?
Illustrated realism: I focus on line and shadow but choose colors,
anatomy, and backgrounds on real-life.
You’re now into tattooing. How did you get
I got my first tattoo in September of 2012 by
Scott Spencer at the Inkery in Austin, TX. I saw his drawing and thought it
looked a lot like my work. Then he did the tattoo and I thought, “I could
totally do this.” I talked to my wife about it and she agreed that it would be
a nice full-time career move from illustration/storyboards. I approached
Scott and he took me on as his apprentice. I began taking clients in January of
2013. I really wanted to bring my art background and style to tattoos. I
thought it would fit nicely!
What are some of the strangest requests you’ve
I recently did a Super Grover Pez dispenser as a
larger shoulder piece. I did a full calf/shin Hades/Cerberus scene. I once
tattooed ‘Hakuna Matata’ on a girl’s butt-cheek.
Are you a fan of SciFi? If so, what are your
favorite SciFi films?
I am a huge fan of SciFi. Favorite films: ALIEN,
BLADE RUNNER, THE THING, PRIMER, TITAN A.e., THE 13TH
FLOOR, EXISTENZ, TECHNODROME, ETC.
How has science fiction influenced your
I have always had an affinity toward Lovecraft. I
take a lot of ‘calmness’ from the more descriptive parts of his work. I like
the illustrations where, even when things seem chaotic, it’s all still quiet.
What do you like to do when you’re not
I watch a lot of NetFlix, play games or cook. I
am an excellent baker! I bake amazing pumpkin pie and apple pie!
Is there anything else we should know about
I am a vendor at a lot of shows around town as a
jointly-owned art gallery/store with my wife, Tina, called Serpentine Visions
(serpentinevisions.com). We sell art! I also have a 20lb Maine Coon cat called
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