With my recent move to Victoria, BC I hope to continue to have the privilege of creating large scale Japanese tattoo work. During my decade in Vancouver I was able to carve out a niche in which the predominant style (and scale) of the work I produced was in the Japanese realm.
My imagery is not always strict and traditional, I hope there's a bit of me in each piece ... finding that balance between the past and the present, between the rules and the freedom of creation. I look forward to seeing the new projects which Vancouver Island will bring into my path.
There are a few styles which I love to tattoo. My first love of tattooing is (and always has been) the Japanese style. Even when I was in art school studying printmaking I was enthralled by the Japanese tattoo. This is perhaps where I began to see the crossover in artistic styles, from printmaking to tattooing ... there is a long history which these two forms share.
While living in Taiwan I was honored to have large parts of my body covered by master Diau-An. This was a few years prior to my getting into tattooing but those long hours spent in his studio still hold sway more than a decade later. Watching how the pieces were formulated, how they grew and were finessed with each session ... I had no idea how much knowledge I was being exposed to at that point. I don't profess to be a master as I was not classically trained by a Japanese master. There are some rules which I may bend and others which I'm likely completely unaware of. At best I try to bring my own Western aesthetic to a tradition and set of imagery which I consistently try to learn more about.
Always willing to learn, each project is an opportunity to improve. I aim much gratitude towards all of my clients, past, present, and future. Thank you all for being a part of this journey.